Acclaimed Artist Documents Abandoned Neighbourhoods of Detroit
Ottawa, Canada - April 27, 2000
Les quartiers abandonnés de Détroit dans l'objectif d'un artiste réputé
On 19 May, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography will launch Stan Douglas: Le Détroit, an exhibition of photographs by one of the country's most recognized artists.
In this exhibition, Stan Douglas documents Detroit's abandoned commercial and residential neighbourhoods through 28 stunning large-scale colour photographs. Avoiding the cliché of Detroit as an extreme example of urban decay, Douglas reveals that the erasure of history is ongoing and that nature is ever-encroaching.
Stan Douglas: Le Détroit, the result of several years of research and documentation in and around the city, reveals the artist's fascination with failed utopias. Throughout his career Douglas has explored specific historic moments in relation to colonialism, urban development, and cultural memory. Based in Vancouver, Douglas has earned international acclaim. He has been represented in major group and solo exhibitions, including a retrospective organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery that is currently touring internationally. He has been the recipient of many prestigious awards and his work is the subject of numerous publications.
Stan Douglas: Le Détroit was organized by Helga Pakassaar, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Windsor. It will be shown at CMCP until 17 September.
CMCP is an affiliate museum of the National Gallery of Canada.
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