Constantine Gras takes the transport structures and systems that define urban spaces, and interrogates their histories to make visible the divisive effects that these everyday parts of the landscape have brought to bear on the city.
For Common Ground his new video “Home, not Road” departs from the official knowledge of the archive and planning office, and focuses on the situation of the last man standing in the fight against the development of the Westway in 1967. Using the space of the house cinematically, the work tells the very human story of a man losing his family home in the face of large scale city planning and modernization.
Constantine Gras lives and works in West London. He was commissioned by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to develop the "Flood Light" project for INTransit festival of arts. This explored the interconnected legacy of the Grand Union Canal and Westway in North Kensington and resulted in a curated programme of 11 short films at the Portobello Film Festival in 2010. An ongoing project is "Water - Way of Life" that creatively connects people with water and waterways. It was selected as a West London Story for the Cultural Olympiad.