Born in 1951 in Erie (Pennsylvania, USA) and died in Los Angeles (USA) in 2013.
American artist, writer and filmmaker, Allan Sekula is a leading exemplar of socially probing art, photographic and cultural practice. Starting his career with actions and performance art during the era of protests against the U.S. war in S.E. Asia, his work then turned in the early 70’s, towards a practice of social documentary while always questioning the limits of photography’s capacity for clear and reliable communication.
In his quest for a critical realism, Sekula sought to shed light on the profound ambiguity of current realities of social life, precariously balanced between objective conditions, hegemonic ideologies, and private fantasies. He focused mainly on showing the “performed” everyday life of all kinds of workers, spending his last years depicting the maritime culture of shipping and port labor as a forgotten space of late-capitalism.
Allan Sekula’s work has been exhibited at Tapies Foundation (Barcelona), Beirut Art Center, MoMa (New York), Documenta Kassel, Whitney Biennial (New York), Sao Paulo Biennial, Taipei Biennial, Centre Pompidou (Paris), Whitney Museum (New York), Hirschhorn Museum (Washington DC), New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Winnipeg Art Gallery (Vancouver), The Barbican Centre (London), La Virreina - Centre de la Imatge (Barcelona), MACBA (Barcelona), Generali Foundation (Vienna), Foto Institute (Rotterdam), Akbank Sanat (Istanbul).
His work is part of prestigious collections as Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, CNAP - Centre National des Art Plastiques (Paris), FNAC – Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (Paris), IAC – Institut d’Art Contemporain (Villeurbane), MACBA (Barcelona), Museo de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid), BPS22 - Collections de la Province du Hainaut (Charleroi), FRAC Grand Large - Hauts-de-France / Normandie Caen / Franche-Comté / Bretagne / Normandie Rouen, Fonds d'art contemporain - Paris Collections, MoMa (New York), Whitney Museum (New York), Tate Modern (London), Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Stedelijk Museum, M HKA (Antwerp), Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Warsaw), Johann Jacobs Museum (Zürich), Generali Foundation (Vienna), TBA21 collection - Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (Vienna), SFMOMA (San Francisco), Fotomuseum Winterthur, Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, MUSAC - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Museum Folkwang (Essen), Ludwig Museum (Budapest), MCASD - Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, among others.
Margaret Crawford introduces Allan Sekula, characterizing him as a photographer working in opposition to contemporary photography.
Launch of Allan Sekula, Art Isn't Fair: Further Essays on the Traffic in Photographs and Related Media
Sally Stein on Allan Sekula's exhibition at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, 2019
Allan Sekula, Untitled Slide Sequence - par Pascal Beausse (VOSTeng)
"What Follows" Interview Series: Allan Sekula Clip
L'Orient le Jour
Allan Sekula's ports of call
Allan Sekula at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore
Art Isn't Fair
Publisher: MACK Books
Photography Against the Grain
Publisher: MACK books
Publisher: Fundacio Antoni Tàpies
"Disassembled" Images: Allan Seckula and Contemporary Art
Publisher: Leuven University Press
Fish Story Allan Sekula
Publisher: MACK book
Écrits sur la photographie
Publisher: Beaux-Arts de Paris
Disassembled Movies 1972-2012
Publisher: Akbank Art Center
Polonia and Other Fables
Publisher: The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, Zacheta National Gallery of Art