Desniansky Raion, 2007


Cyprien Gaillard

© Cyprien Gaillard - Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo

"Desniansky Raion" (2007) is a montage of images filmed in the suburbs of Paris, St Petersburg, Belgrade and Kiev, and comprises three parts: a battle between rival gangs, a focus on building demolition in Meaux, and aerial views of a housing estate in Kiev.

Echoing grandiose references to warring knights or the configuration of the Stonehenge circle, these fragments evoke, with their architectural context, the fallen utopia of communism, or the ideals of post-war reconstruction. The soundtrack, by Koudlam, is a key element that links these three moments. In a collision of references and cultures, it borrows from various sources, such as the score for the film Koyaanisqatsi by Philip Glass, rave music, and Vangelis’ synthesiser soundtrack to Blade Runner.

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