Allan Sekula at SFU

By Emmy Lee | Posted on October 24th, 2012

Allan Sekula, from This Ain’t China: A Photonovel, 1974

SFU has recently seen the retirement of its former Director/Curator who will be preceded by Melanie O’Brian, who was most recently Curator at the Power Plant in Toronto. We are all excited to see what her new programming will bring to this small space in Burnaby as well as its downtown Vancouver outposts. In the interim, SFU Gallery will present the work of artist, writer and theorist, Allan Sekula in an exhibition titled Allan Sekula: This Ain’t China opening this Saturday. Sekula’s work often focuses on economic systems, and he uses photography as his primary visual medium, interested in its documentary possibilities. This Ain’t China dates from 1974 and is a performance-based work which includes photographs and text which analyze labour relations in a fast food restaurant. Riffing off the notion that “a stage is a place where anything can happen”, Sekula applied this maxim to the workplace playing with the idea that “a job site is a place where anything can happen.” The artist will also be giving a talk on October 25, 7 pm at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, South Building Theatre, Room 301.


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