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David Report previews Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre’s upcoming exhibition, The Ruins of Detroit.

Opening on August 27, 2010, at Stockholm’s Gun Gallery, the show presents a series of photographs detailing the decline of the Motor City’s once great downtown. The story line isn’t new, of course, but the images are nonetheless stirring. Crumbling ball rooms and wasted apartments open a window to the sad realities of urban devolution.  Without the rejuvenative narrative of art like, say, Thomas Cole’s The Course of Empire, the works of Marchand and Meffre can focus only on degradation. Poignant, but ultimately more documents of time than anything else.

The Gun Gallery, Runebergsgatan 3, Stockholm.

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