International 2011 Archives
Oceans and Campfires : Allan Sekula/Bruno Serralongue
SFAI, San Francisco (USA)
Curated by SFAI's Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs Hou Hanru, Oceans and Campfires: Allan Sekula and Bruno Serralongue is an exhibition featuring two of the most innovative figures in the field of contemporary documentary photography and video.
Photography and video documentaries have played a significant role in the evolution of global contemporary art, opening a new dimension of artists' engagements with social and political changes, and producing an aesthetic genre highly relevant to our age of media-
Allan Sekula is a Los Angeles-
Echoing Sekula's explorations, the Parisian Bruno Serralongue pursues events that mark key moments of geopolitical and socioeconomic change in various parts of the world: global economic summits; social forums; celebrations in newly independent nations; the aftermath of civil war; strikes and labor conflicts. Instead of seeking spectacular images of these events in the voyeuristic and dramatic style of the paparazzi, Serralongue chooses to catch angles excluded from the mainstream media's framings of "reality." Through images such as campfires in the campsite of striking workers at the New Fabris factory in Châtellerault, France, Serralongue's photographs symbolize rage and determination in the face of exploitation and oppression.
Oceans and Campfires at the Walter and McBean Galleries is part of the Global Figures component of SFAI's Exhibitions and Public Programs structure, designed to bring some of the most remarkable artists in the current global art scene to West Coast audiences.
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Exhibition December 1, 2011 -
Left: Allan Sekula, Churn. From the series "Ship of Fools," 1999–2010. Photograph, 48 x 52 inches. Courtesy of the artist, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, and Galerie Michel Rein, Paris.
Right: Bruno Serralongue, Feu de machines, New Fabris, Châtellerault, jeudi 30 juillet 2009. From the series "New Fabris, Châtellerault, 2009." 2009. Photograph, 49 x 61 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Air de Paris, Paris.