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Allan Sekula

°1951, Pennsylvania (US) – died in 2013, Los Angeles (US)

Allan Sekula was an American photographer, writer, critic and, later in life, a filmmaker. Since the early 1970s his work bridged the gap between conceptual art and documentary practices, focusing on economic and social themes ranging from family life, work and unemployment, to schooling and the military industrial complex. All through his photographic oeuvre, often in conjunction with historical and critical texts, Sekula investigated the politics of globalization and capitalism and the consequences of the economic changes. While calling many of the conventions of documentary into question, he continued to see photography as a social practice, answerable to the world and its problems. He developed a visual language, which describes peo¬ple both in their individuality and in a more human condition.

His work has been featured in solo shows, such as at MuHKA, Antwerp; Ludwig Museum, Budapest; The Renaissance Society, Chicago; Kunsthaus Graz, Austria; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm.
Select group exhibitions include Centre Pompidou, Paris; MACBA, Barcelona; Tate Modern, London; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Leal Rios Foundation, Lisbon; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome; and biennials in Venice, Sao Paolo, Taipei, Whitney and Documenta, Kassel.

His work is in the collections of such institutions as Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museo de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Tate, London; Museum Ludwig, Budapest; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, NY; San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, among others.

Allan Sekula is represented by the following galleries:
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Michel Rein, Brussels / Paris

Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica