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[AIR3331] Olympic Afterlife

[AIR3331] Olympic Afterlife
Period:June 8 (Mon) - 27 (Sat) 2015
Etc.:Open studio & artist talk // June 25 (Thu) 17:00 - 19:00

Artists: Jean-Maxime Dufresne & Virginie Laganière (Canada)

As participants of AIR3331 Open Call, Jean-Maxime Dufresne & Virginie Laganière have focused on the narratives surrounding architectural sites of the Olympics held in 1964 and being staged for 2020 in Tokyo. The 1964 Olympics attempted to restore a sense of national pride following Japan's involvement in WWII by rehabilitating symbols like the Rising Sun. Architect Kenzo Tange designed the Yoyogi National Gymnasium, considered a seminal building of the Metabolist architectural movement envisioned to deal with urban growth in Japan. As Tokyo hosts the 2020 Olympics, the centrally-located Tsukiji fish market, which employs 65 000 workers on a daily basis, is bound to be relocated.

ONGOING EXHIBITION: "Olympic Afterlife"

Photographic narratives from post-olympic sites in Athens, Beijing, Montreal and Sarajevo are on exhibit in the studio throughout the residency. As Jean-Maxime & Virginie continue to explore Tokyo, their ongoing research on the Olympics will be visible in the studio.

June 25 (Thu) 17:00 - 19:00 *Talk begins at 6PM

We welcome you to the residence studio for a casual, bilingual discussion with the artists. Photography and video is presented in exploration of post-olympic uses, their daily life and maintenance, as well as the potential imaginary they hold for citizens through time and their entanglements with larger societal issues.


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About AIR3331:
AIR3331 Open Call welcomes creatives from diverse backgrounds to research, produce and exhibit at 3331 Arts Chiyoda―injecting an international perspective right into the heart of Tokyo's art scene. For application information, please visit:

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