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Cyprien Gaillard: Night Life

Part of French artists at FRONT Cleveland Triennial

Cyprien Gaillard, Nightlife, (Film still) 2015. 3D motion picture, DCI DCP 14:28 min. Copyright Cyprien Gaillard. Courtesy Sprueth Magers

The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland is excited to announce Cyprien Gaillard's 3D film and audio installation Nightlife as a part of the 1st edition of FRONT Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art: An American City: Eleven Cultural Exercises

Cyprien Gaillard’s 3D film and audio installation Nightlife was shot in Cleveland, Los Angeles and Berlin. Like much of Gaillard’s work, the film is a meditation on the ways in which traumatic events of history can be read in urban or ‘natural’ landscapes. Accompanied by a dub soundtrack, the film takes in a bomb-damaged sculpture in front of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the riotous swaying of trees in dark LA and a firework above Berlin’s Olympiastadion. The final scenes return to Cleveland, to a German oak tree gifted to African-American gold-medalist Jesse Owens by Nazi organizers of the 1936 Olympic Games.

Cyprien Gaillard (born 1980 in Paris, based in Berlin) makes work about the intersection of history and nature, and humankind’s relationship to both. His work spans many media—including photography, installation, etching, painting, sculpture, performance, and public interventions—and is almost always made outside the walls of a studio.

Supported by Étant donnés Contemporary Art, a program of the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Foundation, developed in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, with lead funding from the Florence Gould Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Chanel USA, the ADAGP, the French Ministry of Culture, and Institut Français - Paris.

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