Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre

Regarding to the before mentioned exhibition 'The Ruins of Detroit' of french photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre in Kühlhaus here are following some impressions of their five year documentation started in 2005.

'Detroit, industrial capital of the XXth Century, played a fundamental role shaping the modern world. The logic that created the city also destroyed it. Nowadays, unlike anywhere else, the city’s ruins are not isolated details in the urban environment. They have become a natural component of the landscape. Detroit presents all archetypal buildings of an American city in a state of mummification. Its splendid decaying monuments are, no less than the Pyramids of Egypt, the Coliseum of Rome, or the Acropolis in Athens, remnants of the passing of a great Empire.'

Michigan Central Station
United Artists Theater
Bagley-Clifford Office of the National Bank of Detroit
Classroom, St Margaret Mary School
Ballroom, American Hotel
'Ruins are the visible symbols and landmarks of our societies and their changes, small pieces of history in suspension.'

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