I had the pleasure of sitting with Cyrill Lachauer in his Berlin, Germany studio and discuss; artists being pigeon holed and the art world wanting to fit us into boxes, the cultural difference in pride or embarrassment of side jobs, general cultural differences, the commercialisation of art, selling out, our artistic evolution, the role/job of a curator, building and maintaining relationships, commercial vs institutional artists, funding your art project, creating editions of your art, the pressure of the need to make money, art collectors, the need to learn to not complain, and the fact that you can never look needy, Luck, grant writing, honesty in grant writing, gentrification, surfing, Artist collectives, The good old days that never were all that good.
Cyrill Lachauer studied directing, ethnology and art in Munich and Berlin. He completed his studies at Berlin’s University of the Arts in 2010. In 2011, he founded the artists’ label Flipping the Coin, which he runs together with three colleagues. Distinctions include the 3sat Young Talent Award at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen in 2008, the IBB Photography Award in 2010, a Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung fellowship in 2014, and a Villa Aurora grant in Los Angeles in 2015.
Cyrill Lachauer (b. 1979 in Rosenheim, lives and works in Berlin and Los Angeles) develops his extensive projects on long journeys, and delves deeply into the local cultures of the places he visits. For the exhibition by the Sammlung Goetz in the former air-raid shelter of Haus der Kunst, Lachauer has created a new multi-part installation, which includes films, videos, photographs and texts, as a dystopian development to the utopian spaces depicted in his last film “Dodging Raindrops – A Separate Reality.” The artist deals with the idea of land in various forms. Land can signify home and provide roots, or refer to a nourishing piece of earth. It can also, however, lead to inclusion or exclusion when it represents the idea of nationhood. Land can be owned or lived with. It can be taken away, destroyed, and made inaccessible to others.