Cyprien Gaillard Roots Canal

Cyprien Gaillard (1980 ) describes and evokes the perpetual destruction, preservation, and reconstruction of urban spaces with films, photographs, and sculptures, His works capture the incessant transformation of the urban landscape, as well as that of nature and humankind. Gaillard stresses that construction and destruction are not contradictory concepts, they are two sides of the same process. In order to erect new buildings, it is necessary to accept the disappearance of what already exists, be it a landscape, another building or no-man’sland. The construction of the new always involves the destruction of what went before.