In partnership with Lumiar Cité:

Allan Sekula
The Dockers’ Museum
06.04 - 20.05.2012

La Criée, Rennes, France

Allan Sekula, The Dockers’ Museum, 2012

Allan Sekula is a renowned photographer, theorist, photography historian and writer. Using colour photographs in conjunction with text, Allan Sekula’s work focuses on economic systems, a subject often considered incompatible with the field of art. Cultural critics frequently see the economy to be a problematic issue that is of little interest
for arts practitioners, although many artworks are under the unmistakable influence of market forces.

For Sekula, it is irrelevant that photography has finally been acknowledged as an artistic medium like any other, alongside painting or sculpture. He considers the modesty of the medium, and the possibility it offers to attain knowledge through keen observation, to be a more interesting characteristic.
Relying on its ability to describe aspects of economic systems within the framework of
the visual arts, through what is commonly called «documentary» practice, Sekula attempts to offer a clear alternative to the
kind of photography usually shown by the contemporary system of museum and galleries. According to the artist this system in essence prepares the work for an «antiquarian future», which condemns art to conform with the museum’s relics of the past.
In recent years, Sekula has worked on
long documentary projects inspired by contemporary political events. These projects have given rise to sequences and major series that often culminate in the publication of a book. In these publications, the photographs are contextualised by the artist’s texts - which are always present in his exhibitions - which emphasizes the fact that Sekula’s practice also encompasses writing, alongside the production of visual work.
Sekula calibrates each exhibition through a careful selection of photographs and objects specific to the context of the given place, thus «re-writing» his own narrative via the re-arrangement of work. By developing his exhibitions from venue to venue, they in effect connect cities and harbours, which evokes the production and flow of goods via complex network relationships of harbour cities, the subject of Sekula’s practice. La Criée in Rennes now presents the exhibition The Dockers’ Museum. Photographs from the series Ship of Fools - which were previously presented in Antwerp, São Paulo and Edinburgh - constitute part of the exhibition.
Their configuration in Rennes is altered through an emphasis on the artist’s collection of objects related to the world of dockers and seafarers, reflected in the exhibition title The Dockers’ Museum. The collected «objects of interest» are not to be understood as artworks, but they contextualize Sekula’s photography, while these in turn contextualize Sekula’s ongoing activity of collecting these items. Sekula finds his «objects of interest» at online auction houses, contrasting the mystical «speed of light» of the Internet with the slow movement of cargo, 90 per cent of which is moved by sea.
A series of portraits of the crew of the Global Mariner forms one of the core works at
La Criée. The International Transport Workers Federation adapted a cargo vessel in 1998
to host a mobile multi-media exhibition in its hold. It formed part of an 18-month campaign around the world against substandard shipping under flags of convenience, and the inherently abusive low wages paid to members of ships’ crews who have limited rights. Sekula’s participation in various stages of the journey resulted in a series of photographs in which the artist draws attention to the unknown protagonists of this predicament.
Through taking the «forgotten space» of the sea with its 100,000 ships and 1,500,000 workers as the subject for his work, Allan Sekula reflects on the effects of current neoliberal ideologies. His work questions their promises of a painless, endless flow of goods and capital with the emphasis on consumption and negating the work and working conditions behind it. It reveals the far-reaching impact of globalization on people’s lives.
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Independent Study Programme
Call 2024
Until 03.09.2023

Upcoming:

Manthia Diawara
Angela Davis: A World of Greater Freedom
Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon
30.09.2023, 19h00

Commissioned by Serpentine, MUBI and PCAI Polygreen Culture & Art Initiative, as part of Serpentine's Back to Earth project.

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The discussion will be in English.
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PROBLEMATISING REALITY
Encounters between art and philosophy

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Sala 3, Zona de Congressos
07.–08.05.2024, 11h–13h,14h–17h

Programme 5
True or false

Salam Cinema (1995)
by Mohsen Makhmalbaf
with Esther Leslie and Jihan El Tahri

with Esther Leslie and Jihan El Tahri

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Auditorium 2
09.05.2024, 18h30

Upcoming:

Programme 4

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
16.02.2024

Programme 2:
(de)framing the frame

Meeting the Man:
James Baldwin in Paris (1970)
by Terence Dixon

with Sarah Lewis-Cappellari
and Kerstin Stakemeier

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Auditorium 2
23.11.2023, 18h30

Programme 1:
space, place and memory

with Billy Woodberry
and Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Auditorium 3
13.10.2023, 18h30

Manthia Diawara
Angela Davis: A World of Greater Freedom
Sharjah Biennial 15
07.02. – 11.06.2023

Manthia Diawara
A Letter from Yene
Batalha Centro de Cinema, Porto
14.03.2023

Current:

Seminar
Amanda Boetzkes
Realism Without Authority
01.04, 04.04.2022
10h–13h, 14h–17h

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

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Loretta Fahrenholz
Circle Navel Nil
24.04. – 27.06.2021

24.06 | 18h00 Online conversation with Sabeth

Buchmann, Loretta Fahrenholz and Jürgen Bock


Current:

Dozie Kanu
PREENCHENDO VAZIOS
20.01. – 14.04.2024

20.01 | 16h00 Opening of the exhibition

16.03 | 17h00 Talk between Dozie Kanu

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Current:

ONCE IN A HUNDRED YEARS
Sid Iandovka & Anya Tsyrlina with Leslie Thornton & Thomas Zummer

A combined exhibition between
Lumiar Cité and Kunsthalle Friart Fribourg.

A combined exhibition between
Lumiar Cité and Kunsthalle Friart Fribourg.

Lumiar Cité
27.04. – 28.07.2024

Kunsthalle Friart Fribourg
18.05. – 28.07.2024

27.04. – 28.07.2024 | Lumiar Cité

18.05. – 28.07.2024 | Kunsthalle Friart Fribourg

A co-production by Lumiar Cité
and Artium Museum

14.10 | 17h00 Book launch with talk between

Alejandro Cesarco and
Miguel Wandschneider

| 18h00 Opening of the exhibition

Current:

Artium Museum, Vitoria-Gasteiz
24.03. – 24.09.2023

Upcoming:

Lumiar Cité
14.10.2023 – 14.01.2024


Collaboration:

The Educational Web
Kunstverein in Hamburg
01.04. – 06.08.2023

Closed 24, 25, 31 December and 1 January

Arne Kaiser and Jürgen Bock


In cooperation with Lumiar Cité:

Tiffany Chung
Thu Thiêm: an archaeological
project for future remembrance
08.06. - 08.09.2019

Johann Jacobs Museum

In co-production with Lumiar Cité:

Alejandro Cesarco
Other Recent Examples
24.03. - 24.09.2023

Artium Museum

The Educational Web
31.03. - 06.08.2023

Kunstverein in Hamburg



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