The Belgian artist Ives Maes travels the world looking for evidence of world fairs, from the first one staged in London in 1851 to the most recent, the Shanghai World Expo in 2010.
Ives Maes photographs any architectural remains of these short-lived events and the sites on which they were built, often revealing an ironic contrast between the grand futuristic ideals of the time and the urban reality of the modern world. The exhibition pavilions expressed a utopian vision of promise for the future.
Maes’ photographs are afterimages, lingering vestiges of now fading dreams. STAM’s presentation of forty of these images illustrates the sculptural quality of Ives Maes’ photographic work.
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