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Jean-Maxime Dufresne & Virginie Laganière

May 3 to June 1, 2014
Wednesday to Sunday, Noon to 5 pm
550, côte d'Abraham, Quebec City
Saturday May 3rd 2014, 5 pm

About the Artist

About the Exhibition


Jean-Maxime Dufresne was born in 1973 in Paris, France. Virginie Laganière was born in 1977 in Rimouski, Canada. Both live and work in Montreal, Canada.

The photographic installation Post-Olympiques/Olympic Afterlife examines the complex and often controversial post-Olympic reality, tied to the profound urban and social transformations brought about by the hosting of Olympic Games. For Dufresne and Laganière, the diversity of the appeal these spaces have for the imagination and their potential appropriations can bring about forms of resistance to certain dominant discourses. In the best of cases, the Olympics are used as political levers to develop neglected areas of cities; in a dystopian scenario, however, they can become poison pills whose legacy is a large public debt and white elephants which are often difficult to maintain. One centre of controversy is the Olympic facilities in Montreal, temporarily reconfigured as a vaccination clinic or a space for congresses. The site in Sarajevo is a war ruin and the source of troubled memories, even if citizens now go there for family barbecues. In Athens, the security budget mushroomed after the events of 11 September 2001, leaving Greek citizens with an exorbitant debt. In Beijing, organisers artificially seeded clouds to disperse the polluted air and prevent rain during the opening ceremonies. Today a few sites are controlled by the government, while others are in a state of advanced decay. Jean-Maxime Dufresne and Virginie Laganière collaborate to address ideas around the transformation of built spaces and socio-political questions.

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