Concrete doesn’t burn by Bertrand Cavalier
Booklaunch the 18th of September 2020
Concrete Doesn’t Burn shows city elements that appear to be hostile to humans. Straight angles, metal fences, cut trees and rough surfaces.
Bertrand Cavalier travelled to cities that have all been damaged by important conflicts such as Belfast, Sarajevo, Cologne, Le Havre, Warsaw, and many more.
The sequencing of the photographs is made in order to emphasise the idea that the influence of a conflict on the space can be similar anywhere.
The aim isn’t to be right or objective but to create a frame in which the spectator can relate to his own experience with cities and political issues. If the background of the work is based on a large documentation and specific facts from history, the photographs are made to be open-ended and to push the viewer’s self-interpretation.
The idea for this project comes from a series of reflections on war technologies and warfare. I was looking for ways to talk about armed conflict and their consequences by avoiding the delicate position of photographing situations that I can’t fully understand at an emotional or historical level. I was pushed to look at our recent history in relation to the urban landscape questioning its origins, the meaning behind its aesthetics and its effect on people. B.C for GUP mag