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Reflections on the Afterlife: The Post-Olympic City at Storefront for Art and Architecture

by Leighann Morris on August 13, 2012
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Do remnants from former Olympic sites turn its hosting cities into post-event time warps, or can leftovers have a useful afterlife?

This question occurred to photographer Jon Pack, when watching the 2008 Beijing Olympics, recently described by Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei as an “elaborate costume party with the sole intention of glorifying the country”. Collaborating with Gary Hustwit, director of critically acclaimed documentaries Helvetica, 2007, Objectified, 2009, and Urbanized, 2011, Pack’s desire to document the troubling relationship between former Olympic sites and their hosting cities gave birth to ongoing collaborative photography project The Olympic City.

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