Cyprien Gaillard (born 1980 in Paris) made his name with spectacular video works and photographs on the decay, destruction, and demolition of modernist architecture and culture. In his film "Artefacts" (2011) on the mythical city of Babylon in today’s Iraq, we see images of the Ishtar Gate in Berlin’s Pergamon Museum and cult sites in the desert as well as new buildings – all of them left behind by man. Gaillard filmed in the world’s oldest metropolis with the newest technology, using an iPhone and then copying the images onto 35-mm film. In the same year in Berlin’s Kunst-Werke, Gaillard invited visitors to a gigantic temple of beer titled "The Recovery of Discovery". The exhibition space was occupied by a massive pyramid of beer cans that the visitors consumed, thereby taking the sculpture apart piece by piece. Gaillard also creates collages in parallel to his films and installations, gestures in postcard format that transform urban scenarios into archeological places, compressing different levels of destruction and disappearance, or revelation, and of the imagination.
New Picturesque, 2012, 6 postcards, paper, framed; Photo: Jochen Arentzen; ©: Cyprien Gaillard, Courtesy: Sprüth Magers Berlin London