31 December 2009
29 December 2009
28 December 2009
American photographer, writer, artist and documentalist - Allan Sekula came to Poland for his first solo show at Zacheta. The exhibition is dealing with the best sort of documentary, social goals in photography, treating history, and... Polish origins. You might know his "Shipwreck and workers" project. Here are some pictures from the expo. Worth coming, till 28 of February.
Allan Sekula, Ladies Auxillary Polish Army Veterans of World War II, Polish Constitution Day parade, 3 May 2008, Chicago/press materials/
Allan Sekula, Farmer threshing grass at abandoned airport used by CIA for transport of clandestine high value terrorism suspects, Szymany, Poland, July 2009/press materials/
Allan Sekula, Mother and child - Taste of Polonia festival, Chicago, September 2007 /press materials/
Allan Sekula explaining his solo exhibition at Zacheta / december 2009
23 December 2009
18 December 2009
16 December 2009
Thanks to the technical imperfections of the recording technology (and thanks also to the elapsed time, which made its own imprint onto the poorly stored plates) these banal "snapshots" - of landscapes; cars; a canary; pigeon-house with a monkey; building sites and skate-parks; city squares; gardens and a shed; Christmases and a telephone exchange - now appear poetical and fragile. Portraits of the vacationers, the bearded merry pranksters, the sportsmen arranged in a single-file: all those portraits are now seized by hilarity and grotesqueness. Not a single solemn expression here. Photographs of a maid, a reader, parents and grandparents with a child, employees and various plain folks are suffused with an atmosphere of friendship and empathy, excitement and playfulness, smiles and humility, but also an atmosphere of humble professionalism. These faces radiate peace, self-sacrifice, confidence in oneself and in the world around. The touches of death in pathology studies; the details of human organs and anomalies; the shots from the dissection room and the laboratories - they all appear at peace and simply matter-of-fact.