b. 1980, Paris, France
Throughout his work, Cyprien Gaillard deals with seemingly opposing themes—architecture and nature, evolution and erosion—and the complex relationship that exists between the historical past and contemporary reality. Filmed on an iPhone by the artist in Iraq and transferred to 35mm film, Artefacts (2011) offers a hypnotic montage of imagery and sound as it constantly loops itself in a state of decay. This work deals with the myths of the ancient city of Babylon, cutting between various images of post-conflict Iraq, and embodies the artist’s interest in what is simultaneously obsolete and enduring.
Recent solo and group exhibitions include Hammer Projects: Cyprien Gaillard, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles 2013; The Crystal World, MoMA PS1, New York 2013; National Museum of Art Osaka, Japan, 2013; the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India, 2012-13; Rubble and Revelation, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan 2012; What It Does To Your City, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, 2012; S.M.A.K. Gent, Belgium; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 2012; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 2011, 2008; The Recovery of Discovery, the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2011; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 2011; the Zollamt/Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt, Germany 2010; Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland, 2010; Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany and the Hayward Gallery Project Space, London, 2009.