Says Zacharie: The façade is literally the first thing one sees of a building, as its surface. It can be imposing, superficial but can also suggest safety. I’ve always liked to wander around in a city, I walk through the streets with those questions in mind : what will happen if we stick to that first vision ? If the daily life of “The Other” was only a scenery ? This series thus offers a vision of an unknown world that would only be a picture, without intimate space, where looks are the only refuge.
Of course, this work is not a question of artificiality, it is more about perception of a – more or less – specific environment, the facade of a building brings interest in architecture and what it could host, so it inspires curiosity. As a citizen, I know I belong to the city – whatever city – as any other inhabitant. But here, I am looking at the surrounded environment like if it was new to me, so there is a sensation of srangeness and it could bring some interesting questions about how we live and how we see the external world out of our own habitation, but after all, do we really own a private housing?
Fascinated with cinema and its atmospheres, Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy returned to his passion for pictures through photography and video principally. He also uses other types of mediums such as sound recording and art installations. In his work, he locates himself as a spectator of a distant world, questioning individual place within his environment.
His eye brings a confusion between reality and fiction, facing appearance to question the unknown and the void. He uses this contradiction to reflect a derealization feeling, an alteration in the perception of the external world, like living as a stranger in a fake scenery, or being included in it, like a shape amidst other shapes.