Allan Sekula: Polonia and Other Fables


Allan Sekula from Polonia and Other Fables, 2009

Polonia and Other Fables
September 20 – December 13, 2009
The Renaissance Society
5811 S. Ellis Avenue
Bergman Gallery, Cobb Hall 418

Opening Reception + Artist Talk
September 20 at 4:00 pm
There will be a talk with the artist from 5:00 – 6:00 pm. This event will take place in Cobb Hall Room 307 (directly below the gallery.)

The Renaissance Society will present an exhibition of new work by photographer Allan Sekula. This new series, titled Polonia and Other Fables, critically documents and examines the social impact of global economics. Always aiming to position his work within an exhibition’s local community, Sekula will develop this project to focus on Chicago’s rich labor history, particular on the large Polish immigrant population here, and The University of Chicago’s famous lineage of economic theorists.

In addition to being outstanding documentary photography in its own right, Sekula’s work is also a critique of the genre. Sekula’s examination of the theory and practice of photography is as important as his inquiry into labor history and economics. Central to his work is an interest in documentation–as pictorial form, method of recording, narrative device, historical memory, and medium f social engagement. Sekula’s work poses the rhetorical questions, “Is it possible to discuss photography as a medium separate from the thing being photographed?” Put another way, is a photograph in and of itself capable of being self reflexive while critiquing its subject? Sekula’s answer is no. An integral part of his practice is writing, an activity he has maintained since the outset of his career 35 years ago. His writings expose the inherent limits of a documentary genre based purely on photographic imagery. Together, Sekula’s images and text constitute the most trenchant and rigorous photographic discourse on globalization.

– via The Renaissance Society


One Response to “Allan Sekula: Polonia and Other Fables”

  1. Mia Says:

    Thanks for sharing this!

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