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OPENING RECEPTION - FORDLÂNDIA BY SCOTT CHANDLER

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Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology - Concordia University

1515 Saint Catherine Street W.

EV Building, Room EV 10.715

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The Post Image Cluster of Milieux presents Forlândia by Scott Chandler (1894-2015). Exhibition presented on the 10th floor of Concordia University’s EV building.

In 1928 the Ford Motor Company established the town of Fordlândia in the Brazilian Amazon. For the company it was to act as basic housing and support for a rubber plantation. For Henry Ford it was an opportunity to recreate an idea of America his career had made antiquated; the small, rural town like his childhood home. In Fordlândia his demands included the building of a schoolhouse, a factory, a film theatre and golf course. Roads were paved, sidewalks installed, and red fire hydrants imported from Detroit. Brazilian employees ate American food and followed American customs, including prohibition. Before long, the workers revolted and the rubber crops failed. Fordlândia was a financial failure, and immediately after Henry Ford’s death the land was sold back to Brazil and his utopia was abandoned.

Scott Chandler (1984-2015)

Originally from Toronto, Scott Chandler moved to Montreal to pursue an MFA at Concordia University. In 2010 he was awarded the Roloff Beny Fellowship for his project Fordlândia, and travelled to the Brazilian Amazon to photograph during a two-month period. Fordlândia became the focus of his MFA thesis exhibition at Galerie Les Territoires in Montréal and was recently presented at Centre d’Art Contemporani in Barcelona and featured in volume 31 of Prefix Photo Magazine. After graduating from Concordia, Scott worked as Technical Co-coordinator of the Post-Image lab (formerly the Hexagram Digital Imaging lab) where he was admired for his patience, generosity and expertise in the field. After a long battle with illness, Scott passed away on August 30, 2015. This exhibition highlights his contribution to photography and celebrates him as a friend and colleague.

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