Stan Douglas sheds light on the social and political histories of particular sites, their utopian aspirations and failed realities, and what we can potentially learn from them. Russian Orthodox Church at Stamps Place— part of a series of photographs that accompanied Douglas’s video installation Win, Place or Show (1998)— depicts the Vancouver neighborhood of Strathcona, which underwent major redevelopment beginning in the late 1950s. It was only partially completed; in 1968, local activists halted the project. The photograph encompasses multiple temporalities, picturing new apartment complexes that were part of the project alongside a Russian Orthodox Church that predates the redevelopment scheme. As the artist states, “Utopias may not last long. But what remains is a model of how a positive future could have taken place.”
From the 2019 exhibition New Landscapes: Contemporary Responses to Globalization, curated by Jessica Hong, Associate Curator of Global Contemporary Art
New Landscapes: Contemporary Responses to Globalization, Class of 1967 Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 15-August 18, 2019.
David Zwirner Gallery, New York, New York, date unknown; Private collection; given to present collection, 2018.
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