For more than three hundred years French fishermen sailed to Iceland in search of cod. During this period the French had a significant influence on Icelanders where they introduced new techniques in fishing and built four hospitals in Iceland giving the inhabitants unprecedented access to health care. It has been estimated that just between the1825 and the start of the First World War, about four thousand French sailors perished off the coasts of Iceland.
In June 2014 a new exhibition celebrating the French sailors was opened in the “French Hospital“ in Fáskrúðsfjörður. Gagarin produced two interactive tables presenting the French-Icelandic history and a living “memorial“ remembering the sailors who gave their lives in Icelandic waters.