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  • Cyprien Gaillard, Desniansky Raion, 2007, still from a color video, 29 minutes.

    Cyprien Gaillard, Desniansky Raion, 2007, still from a color video, 29 minutes.

    Cyprien Gaillard

    Wexner Center for the Arts
    The Ohio State University 1871 North High Street
    January 30–April 11, 2010

    Curated by Catharina Manchanda

    The classic anthropologist’s eye encounters the YouTube ethos in Cyprien Gaillard’s photographs and videos, whose streams of stitched-together footage seem at once fragmentary studies of alien cultures and rough-hewn compilations of amateur travelogues—forcing audiences to ask themselves time and again, “Is all this real?” Curiously, such a building air of instability intersects with a sense of unsteadiness in Western cultures, as Gaillard, conquistador with a digital camera, tours lands of lost modernism worldwide, from Kiev to Cancún. This survey features the artist’s already-familiar studies of post-Soviet fight clubs and housing-project demolitions, along with newer works that will undoubtedly evidence an expanding cartography.