Cyprien Gaillard
The Fight Against Vegetation

11.06.2010 - 4.07.2010

The Fight Against Vegetation focuses on three of Cyprien Gaillard's major film works. From the mesmerising and disturbing Cities of Gold and Mirrors (2009) shot in Cancun and contrasting American youth culture with archeological ruin and the new architectural landscape to the silent but aggressive The Lake Arches (2006), where a young man breaks his nose diving into an artificial lake in a modernist development to his 30-minute long film Desniansky Raion (2007) conceived as a triptych and accompanied by the spherical music of Koudlam, the opening shot focuses on the monumental 35-storey dilapidated West gate of Belgrade, the Genex-Tower. The subsequent scenes shift to street fights of hooligans in a suburb of St. Petersburg; the spectacular detonation of a Parisian apartment complex accompanied by a lightshow, fireworks and music and finally the Bird’s-eye-view on a desolate housing complex in the district called Desniansky Raion in wintry Kiev resonant of Stonehenge's architectural formations.

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