The Shadow of Sports: Post-Olympiques / Olympic Afterlife
Shown in several contexts, the project brings together close to forty works — videos, photographs, installations, sound works, texts, and design objects — that take on their full significance when displayed in relation to one another. The project as a whole is the fruit of on-site research and artistic explorations carried out in six cities with controversial Olympic histories: Beijing, Athens, Montréal, Sarajevo, Munich, and Tokyo. The result is a compelling reflection on how the legacy of this iconic event is inflected through historical contingencies and inventive acts of citizen appropriation, architectural repurposing, and political intervention.
Instead of the grand narrative that generally accompanies the world’s ultimate sports forum and media magnet, Dufresne and Laganière highlight the minor narratives that they uncovered over the course of their artistic research and fieldwork at several former host cities. In its multimodal and dialogical form of display, the vast body of work provides multiple entry points into what the artists describe as “Olympic lifecycles.” In the most recent iteration, presented at the Maison de la culture de Côte-des-Neiges in 2017, the works were presented in “chapters” devoted to each of the epicentres, with the concept of an Olympic Afterlife serving as a link between the various chapters, which were approached from different perspectives.