The artist’s first monographic exhibition in Spain will be open to the public until 24 September.
Born in the United States in 1951, Allan Sekula, who died four years ago, was an artist, writer and critic who stood out especially in the field of photography. He is now considered to be one of the outstanding names in the photography of the second half of the 20th century. On 13 June, Barcelona’s Fundació Antoni Tàpies is set to host Spain’s first monographic exhibition by Sekula, which is made up of two blocks in which the artist observes and analyses the impact of maritime economy on the incipient globalisation of the 1990s, as well as the new moral premises imposed by neoliberalism.
Allan Sekula. Collective Sisyphus will be open to the public until 24 September. The fact that Barcelona is the first city in Spain to pay tribute to Sekula is no coincidence: he had strong links to the city, especially in the aftermath of the 1992 Olympic Games. The city fascinated him as a case study in the thinking of new forms adopted by injustice within the framework of neoliberalism. Furthermore, the fact that it is a maritime city makes it part of a narrative of globalization alongside Los Angeles, Athens, Bilbao, Rotterdam and Tokyo. Sekula belongs to a tradition of social realism and his photography serves to document a reality that mainstream media tends to ignore.
At 7pm on the opening day of the exhibition Sally Stein is scheduled to give a conference titled Back to the Drawing Board. Maritime themes and discursive crosscurrents in the notebooks of Allan Sekula. Admission to the conference is free.
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