Allan Sekula

The Renaissance Society

Since the early 1970s, Allan Sekula has used photography to document social relations within an ascendant global economy. While much of his early work centered on the postindustrial landscape of Southern California, over the years the artist has undertaken projects that aim at a more expansive analysis of what he calls “the imaginary and material geographies of the advanced capitalist world.”

Sekula’s current exhibition at the Renaissance Society, “Polonia and Other Fables,” consists of forty photographs taken by the artist between 2007 and 2009 in locations throughout Poland and in Chicago, one of the country’s major diasporic magnets. The term Polonia refers to people of Polish descent residing outside Poland, indicating that Sekula’s interest here lies not only in a concrete examination of Polish national identity both within and beyond the nation-state, but also in a mythical conception

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