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Biography

Antony Cairns (born 1981) lives and works in London. His work has been shown at Rencontres d'Arles in 2013, George Eastman House in New York (2016), Tate Modern (2018) and Festival Images Vevey (2018), among others. Cairns has published a selection of artists' books including LDN (2010), LPT (2012), OCS (2016) as well as CTY (2017) with the publisher Morel Books.

The artist leads a reflection on urban landscapes through the use of techniques and technologies known as obsolete (PXL2000 camera, computer punch cards, COBOL codes ...). This recourse to processes and supports dating back several decades - the equivalent of several centuries in the history of technology - allows Cairns to elaborate singular images. In his works, buildings, building facades and complexes seem to be shrouded in a hazy halo that blurs their perception. In order to create these images, Antony Cairns first makes a recording and then intervenes directly on the images, as in the case of the hand-colored maps presented in the exhibition. The aesthetic of his work evokes the visual codes of science fiction and its alternative narratives. Although the human figure seems to be completely absent from these megacities, it is nevertheless perceptible through Antony Cairns' questioning of our interactions with our urbanism and the way technology shapes our perceptions.



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SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2022
Nov-Jan 2023 : PXL / CTY, Espace Studio of MEP (Maison Européenne de la Photographie)

2021
Approche Paris fair with Intervalle gallery
Antony Cairns CTY_TYO3-TYO4, Webber Gallery, London, England
Antony Cairns: TYO3-TYO4, Akio Nagasawa Gallery, Tokyo , Japan

2020
Antony Cairns CTY-TYO3, Stieglitz 19, Antwerp, Belgium

2019
Touchstone, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, England
Antony Cairns: CTY, Akio Nagasawa Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2018
Independent Brussels (represented by Roman Road), Vanderborght Building, Brussels,Belgium
The Tale of Adam Earl Gordons, Théâtre de Verdure (part of Festival Images Vevey),Vevey, Switzerland
NADA New York (represented by Roman Road), Skylight Clarkson Sq, New York, USA

2017
TYO2-LDN4, Roman Road, London, England Antony Cairns, Stieglitz 19, Antwerp, Belgium

2016
Antony Cairns: Process II, daikanyama photo fair (represented by Roman Road), Tokyo,Japan
OSC - Osaka Station City, Roman Road, London, England
LA-LV / LDN Process, SferaExhibition (part of KYOTOGRAPHIE), Kyoto, Japan

2015
E.I. / Transition, Roman Road, London, England

2014
LDN, Roman Road, London, England
LDN, Stieglitz 19, Antwerp, Belgium

2013
LDN, Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France
Dalston Takeover, Victoria & Albert Museum,London, England

GROUP SHOWS

2021
What Remains,
Encounter Contemporary, London England

2019
Expired, Sara Kay Gallery, New York, USA. Curated by Maya Benton
Material Art Fair (represented by Roman Road),Frontón México, Mexico City, Mexico

2018
Through the Looking Glass, Cob Gallery, London, England
Artificial Impressions, Stedelijk Museum Breda, Breda, The Netherlands
My London, Copeland Gallery (part of Peckham24), London, England. Curated by Emma Bowkett
Photo London (represented by Roman Road), Somerset House, London, England
London Nights, Museum of London, London, England
Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art, Tate Modern, London, England

2016
A Matter of Memory: Photography as Object in the Digital Age, George Eastman Museum, New York, USA
TOUCHED – Craftsmanship in Contemporary Photography, Museum Het Schip (part ofUnseen Photo Festival), Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Curated by Anton Corbijn

2015
Abstracts, HONORÉ at Galerie RueVisconti, Paris, France
Abstracts, Copperfield, London, England. Curated by Inès de Bordas and Alix Janta-
Polczynski,
Memory Lab: Photography challenges history, Mudam, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

2014
Unseen Photo Fair (represented by Stieglitz 19), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
AM projects, Photobastei, Zurich, Switzerland

2013
Collected Shadows , Contact Festival, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada
Collected Shadows , Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
ICP Triennial, International Centre of Photography, New York, USA
TIFF Festival 2013, Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Wroclaw, Poland

2012
Collected Shadows, Paris Photo (represented by The Archive of Modern Conflict), Paris, France
Middlesex, Picturae’s Paris Photo (represented by The Archive of Modern Conflict), Paris, France

AWARDS

2019

Hyundai Card GapadoAir residency

2017

Images Vevey Special Jury Prize

2015

Grand Prize Winner of the Hariban Award
Paris Photo – Aperture Foundation PhotoBook of the Year (Shortlisted)

2014

Special Prize Winner of the Hariban Award

2013

Kassel Best Photobook (Shortlisted)