Allan Sekula at Minneapolis Institute of Art

January 10, 2017

Allan Sekula, Waiting for Tear Gas (White Globe to Black), 1999-2000, Ilfachrome print, Diptych (framed), Slide projection (81 - 35mm slides) + wall text, edition of 5

Allan Sekula, Waiting for Tear Gas (White Globe to Black), 1999-2000, Ilfachrome print, Diptych (framed), Slide projection (81 - 35mm slides) + wall text, edition of 5

Resistance, Protest, Resilience, a photography exhibition featuring Allan Sekula is on view through April 2nd at the Minneapolis Art Institute. The exhibition features 60 photographs from the MIA collection that have documented protests from a selection of political movements in the 20th century, among them the Civil Rights Movement, Japan’s U.S. security treaty conflict, the Iranian Revolution, Vancouver’s Gastown riots, and the 1984 Democratic National Convention.

 

Resistance, Protest, Resilience includes Allan Sekula's photo series Waiting for Tear Gas (white globe to black), which documents the protests against the WTO summit in Seattle in 80 35mm slides. From Sekula's accompanying text: "The working idea was to move with the flow of protest, from dawn to 3 a.m. if need be, taking in the lulls, the waiting and the margins of events. The rule of thumb for this sort of anti-photojournalism: no flash, no telephoto zoom lens, no gas mask, no auto-focus, no press pass and no pressure to grab at all costs the one defining image of dramatic violence."