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“My Detroit” Postcards to be Displayed at US Exhibition at the 2016 Venice Biennale

“My Detroit” Postcards to be Displayed at US Exhibition at the 2016 Venice Biennale
“My Detroit” Postcards to be Displayed at US Exhibition at the 2016 Venice Biennale, Penobscot Block, 2015. Image © Ben Nowak, Oak Park, MI.
Penobscot Block, 2015. Image © Ben Nowak, Oak Park, MI.

Twenty postcards depicting Detroit have been selected for “My Detroit,” part of The Architectural Imagination,” the exhibition for the US Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Selected from among 463 entries by curator Cynthia Davidson and sociologist Camilo José Vergara, the 20 winning postcards --- taken by 18 different individuals -- were selected as a group, for helping to tell the story of Detroit today. Ten of the 18 winners are Detroit-area residents.

House Fire, 2013. Image © Geoff George, Detroit, MI. Glimmers of the past (Michigan Theatre), 2010. Image © Harrell Scarcello, Southfield, MI. Belle Isle Aquarium, 2013. Image © Derek Chang, New York, NY. Belle Isle Bridge, 2012. Image © Salvador Rodriguez, Saint Clair Shores, MI. +20

North from Gunnar Birkerts' 1300 Lafayette East Cooperative, 2015. Image © Sara Jane Boyers, Santa Monica, CA.
North from Gunnar Birkerts' 1300 Lafayette East Cooperative, 2015. Image © Sara Jane Boyers, Santa Monica, CA.

“The twenty photographs to be printed as postcards will help us tell the exhibition visitor short stories about life in Detroit,” Davidson said. “These views of the city will complement the work of the architects at the U.S. Pavilion in Venice.”

Troubled Assets, 2012 -2015. Image © Geoff George, Detroit, MI.
Troubled Assets, 2012 -2015. Image © Geoff George, Detroit, MI.

The photographers will receive a prize of $100 for each winning photo, and the postcards will be distributed to visitors at the Venice Biennale. The postcards will also be available in the exhibition catalog and shared on The Architectural Imagination website.  

Enjoy Detroit, 2008. Image © John Sobczak, Bloomfield, MI.
Enjoy Detroit, 2008. Image © John Sobczak, Bloomfield, MI.

“The Architectural Imagination,” curated by Cynthia Davidson and Mónica Ponce de León, in collaboration with the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, examines specific sites in Detroit, Michigan, with the proposals having wide-reaching applications for the rest of the world.

House Fire, 2013. Image © Geoff George, Detroit, MI.
House Fire, 2013. Image © Geoff George, Detroit, MI.

Learn more about "My Detroit" here.

Cite: Eric Oh. "“My Detroit” Postcards to be Displayed at US Exhibition at the 2016 Venice Biennale" 06 Mar 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/783089/my-detroit-postcards-to-be-displayed-at-us-exhibition-at-the-2016-venice-biennale/>