Lot 112: Toni Hafkenscheid

Atomium, Brussels
Archival inkjet print
24 x 24 inches
Series: Relics of the Future
Courtesy of the artist
Fair Market Value

Toni Hafkenscheid is a Toronto-based photographer who was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In 1989, he moved to Toronto. He has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout Canada, the U.S., Japan and Europe. His works reside in a number of important collections, including the CMCP, Foreign Affairs Canada, the University of Toronto, the Canada Council Art Bank, Royal Bank Canada, BMO Bank, Kodak France and Kodak Netherlands and various private collections. In Toronto he is represented by the Birch Contemporary Gallery.

In Relics of the Future I am exploring our erstwhile visions of an American future as seen from a 1950s-60s point of view. I am looking at structures built in that era that represent an idealized view of a future with its belief in technology, a sense of optimism, and a promise of better days ahead. These photographs symbolize an American dream and a feeling of progress, success, and power. I am hoping to capture that excitement I felt as a kid, while at the same time realizing that now, almost half a century later those structures are relics of a future that never came to pass.

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