Photobook by Arianna Arcara in Luca Santese
What kind of story do 167 reproduced found photographs that Arcara and Santese have collected tell us? What do the abandoned, damaged, pale, wrinkled and decaying photographs really say about Detroit, the symbol of Fordist capitalism and symptom of post-Fordism society, it’s transformation from the city of American dream to the laboratory of neoliberalism? Are they really an effective visual subtitle to the story about a city that has lost more than one million of inhabitants since 1950, a city which covers the area of Boston, San Francisco and Manhattan but is today inhabited by less than 700.000 citizens? A city in which there are more than 78.000 empty buildings, some of which are being erased by municipality bulldozers while others crumble to ashes from »vernacular« arsons? Or about the fact that the real estate value of properties in Detroit has dropped for more than 70% in the last five decades, that the unemployment rate is twice as high as the US national average and that the violent crime rate is the highest in the whole of USA? Brutal photographs and threatening notes positioned among found photographs in a way to testify about this decay, but is forensic photography really best equipped to explain the »big story«?
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