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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Good ship bad ship (Limas...
Allan Sekula, Good ship bad ship (Limassol), 1999-2010. Photography, chromogenic prints mounted on alu-dibond, 2 x (101.6 x 154.9 cm).
Waiting for Work (Santos)
Allan Sekula, Waiting for Work (Santos), 2010. Photography, chromogenic print mounted on alu-dibond, 76,2 x 76,2 cm.
The Forgotten Space
Allan Sekula, The Forgotten Space, 2010. Film, dcp, digibeta, dv cam, colour / black & white, 01:52:00.
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Oceans and Campfires: All...
01 December 2011 - 18 February 2012.
Oceans and Campfires: Allan Sekula and Bruno Serralongue is curated by SFAI's Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs Hou Hanru. An exhib
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
AMBERES – Roberto Bolaño’...
07 June 2019 - 15 September 2019.
AMBERES – Roberto Bolaño’s Antwerp An exhibition inspired by a novel, a city and a scene Artists include: Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Im
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Ship of Fools
the project by Sekula which took place initially in the space on the 4th floor of the FotoMuseum where M HKA has been organising exhibitions
Luc Deleu, AMVK, Ria Pacquée, Ilya Kabakov, Almagul Menlibayeva, Goshka Macuga, Allan Sekula, Jimmie Durham, Mark Dion, Yang Zhenzhong
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public