Nightlife, 2015

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Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard

Nightlife, 2015

Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

© Cyprien Gaillard © Courtesy the artist and Sprüth Magers

Cyprien Gaillard

Nightlife, 2015

Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

© Cyprien Gaillard © Courtesy the artist and Sprüth Magers

Cyprien Gaillard

Nightlife, 2015

Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

© Cyprien Gaillard © Courtesy the artist and Sprüth Magers

Interweaving several stories, Nightlife takes place over four scenes – in Cleveland, Los Angeles and Berlin – and opens with a travelling shot of Rodin’s sculpture The Thinker in front of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

This is followed by an ecstatic dance of “Hollywood” juniper bushes, which the artist has filmed with their long branches moving, as if in a trance. The third tableau reveals a triumphant firework display, the Pyronale, at Berlin's Olympic stadium, before returning to Cleveland to the oak tree bestowed on the African-American athlete Jesse Owens by the Nazi organisers of the Olympic Games, in honour of his achievements in the stadium in 1936. The soundtrack uses a nine-second loop from Alton Ellis’ rocksteady classic, in which the lyrics “I was born a loser” are replaced by “I was born a winner”. Music and film, past and present, analogue and digital are blended in this immersive work.

Soundtrack © BLACK MAN’S WORLD Performed by Alton Ellis, (P) 1970 Sanctuary Records Ltd., a BMG Company, Courtesy of BMG Rights Management GmbH. Written and composed by Alton N. Ellis, published by Haka Taka Music, Courtesy of Melodie der Welt GmbH & Co. KG. © BLACK MAN’S PRIDE featuring the performance of Alton Ellis is licensed by Jamaica Recording and Publishing Studio Limited,. 13 Studio One Boulevard, Kingston 5, Jamaica. Written and composed by Alton Ellis, published by Third Side Music o/b/o Jamrec Music, Courtesy of Rückbank Musikverlag Mark Chung.

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Cyprien Gaillard

Born in 1980, in Paris (France)
Lives and works in Berlin (Germany)

After spending his childhood in the United States, Cyprien Gaillard studied at the Ecole Cantonale des Arts in Lausanne. 
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