The shared valley – Sylvain Gouraud

by Cairn Centre Art in Non classé

Release of residency – event

The shared valley

Sylvain Gouraud

Sunday 28th July

Discovery tour of the Estoublaisse Valley
with the artist Sylvain Gouraud and Anne Ferment (Verdon Regional Nature Park)
8:00am : meeting point in Majastres

[ 4 hours’ hiking, easy level, picnic ]

followed by opening-performance
3:00pm village of Majastres
and a friendly drink


Selected for a research residency at the CAIRN art centre, Sylvain Gouraud directs his explorations towards the Estoublaisse valley, a deserted land since the First World War, whose few inhabitants still preserve the memory and wonder about its future.

From photographs taken or collected during his researches, he creates composite landscapes that cross points of view and bring out reflections around the perception and representation of a territory.

[Good walker, get outfitted with hiking shoes, water, hat ]
Free of charge, advanced booking is required
Phone: +33 (0)4 92 31 45 29


Work visible until 24.08.2019 in Majastres and at the IDBL art school from 18.09 to 09.10.2019
Tuesday 17th September 2019: meeting with the artist Sylvain Gouraud, at the IDBL art school

(c) Sylvain Gouraud


I go up for several years in the mountains above Digne. I often go to the Estoublaisse valley behind the Montdenier. The place is difficult to access, isolated, it takes 45 minutes on the track from Saint Jurs, power lines stop well before the shelter that allows me to spend a few days there. The view is breathtaking, with no construction as far as the eye can see, the Estoublaisse stream, the forests of Levens and Guichard alternate with the Montdenier grasslands and the Chiran Rocks. We can cross a multitude of animals and flowers, a real natural space. Natural ? What does that mean ? Trees ? They were planted in the 1960s to “hold” the mountain, Frederic Serre of the ONF now seeks to regain the hardwoods. The stream ? It is maintained by the fishing company that grows its fry. The grasslands then ? But they only exist because Alain the Shepherd grazes his ewes preventing pruneliers from gaining ground. This landscape, who seems empty and wild when we arrive in the valley, is actually inhabited by multiple human and non-human souls who participate, each according to his interest, to shape this landscape. However, can we talk about artificial landscape?

This distinction between the natural and the artificial is poorly placed, it doesn’t allow us to understand the world around us. To get out of this “modern” vision, we have to describe it differently with other codes, other reading grids. ” S.G.



        This project is the result of a research residency developed between October 2018 and July 2019, funded by the Regional Direction of Cultural Affairs Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur (DRAC PACA). The event is part of the “Ville-Porte” partnership between the city of Digne-les-Bains and the Verdon Regional Nature Park.