Allan Sekula: TITANIC’s wake (Camera Austria, 2003)

 

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Allan Sekula (January 15, 1951 – August 10, 2013) was an American photographer, writer, filmmaker, theorist and critic. His work frequently focused on large economic systems, or “the imaginary and material geographies of the advanced capitalist world.”

 

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““If TITANIC’s wake were a historical novel, Bill Gates, James Cameron, Frank Gehry, Herman Melville, Alexander Calder, Winslow Homer and Honoré de Balzac would all be characters. So would a host of lesser-known figures: the elderly Russian painter Luboff Khoudyakova, the young American anti-globalization activist Kaela Economou, the French metalworker Michel Boireau. This premise sounds both grandiose and impossible: I may be a writer, but I am not a novelist, and I have no particular appetite or aptitude for fictional characterization. But perhaps my confession to this novelistic fantasy can provide a key for viewers. Hopefully, TITANIC’s wake demonstrates that a simple visual diary of the last two years of the twentieth century can suggest the epic sweep and resonance of a historical novel, without in any way trying to be a historical novel, and without departing from the pictorial possibilities of careful documentary photography.” (Allan Sekula) http://camera-austria.at/ausstellungen/allan-sekula-titanics-wake-2/?lang=en

 

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Artist: http://michelrein.com/en/artistes/expositions/1/Allan%20Sekula

 

Publisher: http://camera-austria.at/ausstellungen/allan-sekula-titanics-wake/