Cyprien Gaillard, Artefact, 2011 | © Cyprien Gaillard, Courtesy Sprüth Magers Berlin London

This is edited footage taken at the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum in Berlin of Cyprien Gaillard's installation, "Artefact". Note: the sequence of the images from the original film are not exact.

Cyprien Gaillard (b. France, 1980) lives and works in Berlin.

Winner of the National Gallery Prize for Young Artists and the Marcel Duchamp Prize. Cyprien Gaillard's work has received a great deal of critical attention this year.

From the National Gallery Jury’s Statement:

Cyprien Gaillard’s film “Artefacts” is an extraordinary reflection on the myths of Babylon. His film, seen in relation to the recent war in Iraq, achieves actuality. The forceful and intriguing images are meticulously edited in a certain way that causes an hypnotic effect. The effect of these images causes attention to our own cultural sensitivities. Cyprien Gaillard does not employ a strict documentary style, he rather uses the principle of montage to pose questions about the disposition and conservation of our culture. Eroding cultural artefacts are at the centre of his film. His choice for strong esthetic forms shows a filmic tonality that greatly differs from conventional media and sharpens our perception for further emotional spaces. Cyprien Gaillard has created a work of suggestive images in which the cultural and the political are inseparable.

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