1951 - 2013
Born in Erie, Pennsylvania (US), died in Los Angeles (US).
Principally working with photography, Allan Sekula is also widely recognised as a filmmaker, writer, teacher and activist. Coming from a background in conceptual art, and like many of his generation politicised by the Vietnam War, he has gone on to substantially extend the repertoire of documentary photography. In his practice Sekula has consistently addressed questions of class and the conditions of labour, in tandem with a spirited and rigorous critique of contemporary capitalism. His work avoids the heroic, favouring instead sequences of images which plot complex economic and social processes. During his career, Sekula has repeatedly returned to the theme of maritime space, through a number of interrelated books, films and exhibitions including Fish Story, TITANIC’s wake and Lottery of the Sea.
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Fish Story. Message in a ...
Allan Sekula, Fish Story. Message in a Bottle, 1994. Photography, cibachrome, Dimensions variable.
Deep Six / Passer au bleu
Allan Sekula, Deep Six / Passer au bleu, 1996-1998. Photography, cibachrome, Dimensions variable.
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Urgent Conversations Athe...
31 October 2016 - 05 February 2017.
Urgent Conversations: Athens – Antwerp is the first temporary exhibition in the long overdue public unfolding of the Greek National Museum of
Allan Sekula. Collective ...
14 June 2017 - 25 September 2017.
Allan Sekula. Collective Sisyphus The artist’s first individual exhibition in Spain. The Fundació will show the work in which Sekula obse
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Luc Deleu, AMVK, Ria Pacquée, Ilya Kabakov, Almagul Menlibayeva, Goshka Macuga, Allan Sekula, Jimmie Durham, Mark Dion, Yang Zhenzhong
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