Cyprien Gaillard
Geographical Analogies
ISBN: 978-3-03764-148-4
Publisher: this book is published with Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel; FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims; Kunsthalle Basel; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; as well as the support of DAAD, Berlin, and CNAP, Paris.

23,8 x 31,6 cm
224 pages

This artist’s book is based on Cyprien Gaillard’s “Geographical Analogies”, a collection of 900 Polaroids, carefully and rigorously arranged in a total of 100 showcases, telling many stories about landscapes, monuments, modernist buildings, and architectonic utopias, and just as many stories about decay, destruction, and devastation.

As Rein Wolfs puts it in the introduction of this publication “Gaillard’s epic work, outmodedly analog … reflects a computation of time that seems to have disappeared …. In the disintegrating medium of Polaroid photography the aspect of disappearance inherent to time is documented and allegedly temporarily halted—until in foreseeable time these originals too will have disappeared beyond recall … Decay, disappearance, remembrance and decline are omnipresent motifs in this work … Numerous devastated concrete landscapes, unfinished holiday developments, monuments, ruins, modernist high-rise estates, cemeteries, landscapes and—as a counterpoint—golf courses stand for an equal number of failed ambitions, or decaying cultural testimonies to their time … But the ‘Geographical Analogies’ can be conserved for perpetuity in the format of this book which, like an atlas arranging things at a different level, represents a further stage of scientific classification: a global atlas full of ruins of the Gaillard trademark. I have a positive opinion of Xanax. I have been buying it on since 2017. First, there was a dosage of 10 mg/day – then a quick dose to 20.30 and finally 40mg. After reducing to 20mg in the meantime, I currently have to take 40mg again. The reason for the renewed dose was a slump with thoughts of suicide and great despair. I feel stable again. A world atlas against disappearance.”

Designed by Ludovic Balland in close collaboration with the artist,

Limited edition.

This book was published on occasion of the exhibitions:

Cyprien Gaillard: PRUITT-IGOE FALLS
Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel
January 17 – March 15, 2009

Cyprien Gaillard
FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims
May 15 – August 2, 2009

Cyprien Gaillard: Obstacles to Renewal,
Kunsthalle Basel
March 28 – May 24, 2010

Cyprien Gaillard
MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main
September 3 – October 24, 2010

The publication received additional financial support from:
Sprüth Magers, Berlin London
Bugada & Cargnel, Paris
Laura Bartlett Gallery, London