Monday, January 16, 2012

Two Superb Allan Sekula Events

The Demonstrators Also Waited: Allan Sekula in Conversation with Kaja Silverman

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Starts at 6:30 p.m.
Slought Foundation
4017 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA

Free

Space is limited and on a first come first serve basis.


The title of this event comes from a short essay written by Kaja Silverman about Allan Sekula's Waiting For Tear Gas, a slide show consisting of 81 images taken in Seattle during protests against the World Trade Organization in the autumn of 1999. In Waiting For Tear Gas, Sekula records "the lulls, the waiting, and the margins of the events." Photographing without a flash, telephoto zoom lens, or auto-focus, he refuses the pressure "to grab at all costs the one defining image of dramatic violence." Instead he presents us with a sequence that evokes the slow time of conflict in the street where the orchestration of police operations opens onto moments of uncertainty. These are scenes where everyone's role is pre-determined, but no one is quite sure how things will actually proceed. The conversation between Sekula and Kaja Silverman will be an occasion to ask how a work like Waiting For Tear Gas appears now in the light of the politics of occupation that have taken hold in our own moment, as well as a time to consider the shifting relationship between photography and temporality in Sekula's larger body of work on the operations of global capitalism.


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The Forgotten Space with an introduction by Allan Sekula


Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Starts at 7:00 p.m.
International House
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

Free


Space is limited and on a first come first serve basis.

Follow the exchange of container cargo and the workers who facilitate its journey around the world through The Forgotten Space, a film by Allan Sekula and Noël Burch. Sekula will introduce the film and discuss his ongoing exploration of the sea as an essential, but all too often invisible, site of labor and global exchange.

Organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, the Department of the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania, International House, and the Slought Foundation.

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