Christos Dikeakos

Hightech Park, Vancouver

2002
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Christos Dikeakos uses photography to investigate cultural histories of place. In this work, he draws attention to recent effects of real estate development on Vancouver, especially in the False Creek region of the city where numerous changes took place as a consequence of Expo 86. The high-tech reference in the title relates to recent city zonings of this location as a high-tech park during the dot-com speculators epoch. After this industry collapsed, more modest technology businesses relocated nearer the waterfront. The two people who appear in the work are stand-ins for the heavy drug dealing that now occurs in this area. The final picture is a digital composite of a number of negatives that depict two years of changes and alterations that have occurred in the site. Like other Vancouver photographers, such as Roy Arden and Howard Ursuliak, Dikeakos shows the consequences of certain economies on the urban landscape. Hightech Park has become a home to garbage and consumer cast-offs, its human inhabitants marginalized from society.
Title
Hightech Park, Vancouver
Date
2002
Medium
Photograph
Materials
chromogenic print
Dimensions
88.9 x 217.3 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2005
Accession number
2005.90