Léo Caillard, ‘La Defense’, 2011, VICTORI+MO CONTEMPORARY

The representation of war is everywhere in mainstream media, yet seldom present in our physical lives only resting in the far off regions most would never visit in a lifetime. Through the "War Game" series, Caillard directly places war into our everyday realities, not as a political statement, but rather as a commentary on our distance and real removal from various things happening on the planet in which we all live. With military vehicles atop known city structures and displaced in cityscapes and open roads, Caillard transforms various locations by reclining the arms of war into it’s scenery which in turn creates an almost elegant disruption to our conscious environments.

Series: War Game

About Léo Caillard

Léo Caillard’s artwork seeks to reconsider the experience of viewing images in an over-saturated media environment. “We see thousands of different pictures every day...People start to lose the ability to reflect on what they are looking at,” he once said. The artist manipulates photographs to alter viewers’ perceptions and activate new ways of looking. In his “In Museum” series, he features museum-goers in the Louvre, but shifts the scenario such that the artwork appears to be viewed through an Apple interface. In other works, classical sculptures are re-imagined and edited so as to be wearing contemporary clothing. Similarly, in his “War Games” series, he depicts urban business districts, but with the machinery of war—tanks, fighter jets, naval ships—edited into the landscape, revealing the complicity between war and commercial enterprise.

French, b. 1985, Paris, France, based in Paris, France