Build and Destroy — David De Beyter — Projet Big Bangers


Film, installation, photography, sculpture...

Build and Destroy — David De Beyter
Projet Big Bangers

Past: October 9, 2016 → January 15, 2017

The Centre Photographique d’Île-de-France is pleased to present Build and Destroy, the third part of David De Beyter’s Big Bangers exhibition series.

The first stage of this project, Just a good crash, was presented at BBB Centre d’Art in spring 2015; the second, Nothing else matters, gave rise to an exhibition at the Centre d’Art image/imatge in spring 2016.

David De Beyter is a young artist whose research, solidly grounded in the history of art, focuses on landscapes. He studies and records places that are often isolated and abandoned, finding traces of utopian architectural constructions that were ‘futuristic’ in their time, but which have now become part of history.

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David De Beyter, Vue de l’exposition Build and Destroy Photo © Aurélien Mole

His approach, viewpoints and the high technical precision of his photos confer an enigmatic and fantastic character upon these real-life locations.

With ‘Big Bangers’, David De Beyter adds a more anthropological approach to his usual topological one in an exhibition for which he has broadened the scope of his expression to encompass film, installations and sculpture, in addition to photography.

Films lie at the very heart of this exhibition that focuses on ‘big bangers’, i.e. a sport, derived from autocross that is very popular in the North of France. It consists in violently crashing vehicles to create a ‘good crash’, whose only purpose and motivation lies in the spectacle of destruction and the contemplation of what remains afterwards: the wreck, or according to the term favoured by fans in this community, an ‘auto-sculpture’.

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David De Beyter, Vue de l’exposition Build and Destroy Photo © Aurélien Mole


David De Beyter was born in Roubaix in 1985. He lives and works in Tourcoing. The exhibition was produced in partnership with BBB Centre d’Art (Toulouse) and the Centre d’Art image/imatge (Orthez). Big Bangers has received the support of the Fondation Nationale des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques and the Région Nord-Pas-de-Calais.

  • Vernissage Build and Destroy — David De Beyter — Projet Big Bangers Opening Saturday, October 8, 2016 3 PM → 7 PM

    Free shuttle from Paris
    Departure place de la Bastille at 2pm — Reservation required : 00 33 1 70 05 49 80
    Arrival back in Paris at 7pm.

    RÉSEAU RELAIS / Opening CPIF > Closing Ferme du Buisson
    The public opening will be followed by a two voices visit of the exhibition Kapwani Kiwanga : Ujamaa at la Ferme du Buisson.
    Transportation by shuttle

  • Sam’di en famille — Build and Destroy — David De Beyter Visit Saturday, November 5, 2016 3 PM → 4 PM

    Des jeux et activités en famille pour découvrir l’exposition autrement.
    Entrée libre sur inscription auprès de Maud Boisrobert — / 01 70 05 49 79

  • Rencontre autour de Build and Destroy — David De Beyter Meeting Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 7 PM

    Night Opening / Meet the artist

  • Closing Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 4 PM

    En présence de David De Beyter. Après une visite commentée de l’exposition, le CPIF vous convie à une discussion libre avec l’artiste, autour d’un verre et de la galette des rois.

77 Seine-et-Marne Zoom in 77 Seine-et-Marne Zoom out

107, av. de la République

77340 Pontault-Combault

T. 01 70 05 49 80 — F. 01 70 05 49 84

Opening hours

Wednesday – Friday, 1 PM – 6 PM
Saturday & Sunday, 2 PM – 6 PM
Other times by appointment

Admission fee

Free entrance

Venue schedule

The artist

  • David De Beyter