Allan Sekula

Field of Practice:

Visual Arts

City, Country:

Los Angeles, CA, United States


2007, 2008, 2009

Allan Sekula was the juror for visual arts for the fellow generation 2007–2009 together with Teresa Hubbard. 

Allan Sekula (*1951 in Erie, Pennsylvania/USA; ✝ 2013 in Los Angeles, CA/USA) studied at the University of California in San Diego amongst others with Herbert Marcuse.
In the 1970s Sekula encompassed his political socialization and the American art and economic system into various installations and other performance works (e.g. “Body Bags“, 1970; “Gallery Voice Montage“, 1970; “Meat Mass“, 1972; “Untitled Slide Sequence“, 1972). Since the early 1990s he focussed the theme of the sea as a forgotten place in works like “Fish Story (1989–1995) or “Freeway to China“ (1998–1999). Allan Sekula is interested in the aesthetic and theoretic possibilities of documentary photography and its development.
Selected solo exhibitions: the travelling exhibition “Photography against the Grain“, 1984; “Middle passage” (Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 1996), “Waiting for Tear Gas“ (Centrum för Fotografi, Stockholm 2002).
Selected group exhibitions: “If You Live Here: Home Front” (Dia Art Foundation, New York, 1989), “A Dialogue about Recent American and European Photography” (Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles 1991), “1993 Biennial Exhibition” (Whitney Museum, New York, 1993), “Face à L’histoire” (Centre Pompidou, Paris, 1997), “Open City: Street Photography Since 1950“ (MoMA Oxford, 2001) und Dokumenta 11 (Kassel, 2002). His exhibitions and publications, e.g. “Dismal Science: Photo Works 1972-1996, 1999; “The Traffic in Photographs” deal with this topic.
In 2001 Sekula was awarded the Camera-Austria Prize of the city of Graz (Austria) for contemporary photography.