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The Future of Yesterday

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  • Ives Maes
  • Elena Filipovic
  • Catherine Futter
  • Anna Jackson
The Belgian artist Ives Maes searched the globe looking for evidence of World’s Fairs. He photographed the architectural remnants of these short-lived events and the sites on which they were built, often revealing an ironic contrast between the grand utopian views of times past and the urban reality of today. His eerie photographs are afterimages, lingering vestiges of now fading dreams.

The Future of Yesterday features a visual history of 50 international fairs in 100 photographs, dating back to the first fair in London in 1851, The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations, and ending with the Shanghai World Expo in 2010. This photographic investigation took place between 2008 and 2012 and is extensively described in essays by Elena Filipovic, Catherine L. Futter and Anna Jackson.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAntwerp
PublisherLudion Publishers
Number of pages246
ISBN (Print)9789461300867
StatePublished - 21-Apr-2013

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