History of Art


Book Launch: Allan Sekula, 'Art Isn’t Fair'

14 January 2021, 7:00 pm–8:00 pm

Art isn't fair

Book Launch: Allan Sekula, Art Isn’t Fair, edited by Sally Stein and Ina Steiner (London: MACK Books, 2020)

This event is free.

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Helena Vowles-Shorrock

14 January 2021
7pm GMT
@ MACK Live

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Please join us for a roundtable discussion of the posthumous collection of Allan Sekula, Art Isn’t Fair, eds. Sally Stein and Ina Steiner (London: MACK Books, 2020). Co-hosted by the CSCA, the event will include an introduction by the Sally Stein and Ina Steiner to this new collection of Allan Sekula’s (1951-2013) textual, photographic and filmic essays and short presentations by Makeda Djata Best, David Campany, Chantal Pontbriand, Stephanie Schwartz and Billy Woodberry. The event will run approximately 90 minutes, including time for questions.

For more information about the book: https://mackbooks.co.uk/products/allan-sekula-art-isnt-fair-further-essays-on-the-traffic-in-photographs-and-related-media-br-sally-stein-ina-steiner-eds

Questions for the speakers should be emailed to: allan.sekula.studio@gmail.com

Speakers Bios:

Makeda Djata Best is a lecturer at Harvard University and the Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums. Her new book, Elevate the Masses: Alexander Gardner, Photography and Democracy was published in 2020 by the Pennsylvania State University Press. The subject of her current book project is American landscape photography.

David Campany is a curator, writer, and Managing Director of Programs at the International Center of Photography, New York. His books include On Photographs (2020), and A Handful of Dust (Mack 2015).

Chantal Pontbriand is a contemporary art curator, critic, and art consultant, whose work is based on the exploration of questions of globalization and artistic heterogeneity. She was trained as an art historian, with a specialization in arts administration. She has held major positions in museums and institutions in Canada and internationally, and curated numerous international contemporary art events: exhibitions, international festivals and international conferences, mainly in photography, video, performance, dance and multimedia installation. 

Stephanie Schwartz is Associate Professor of History of Art at University College London. She is the author of Walker Evans: No Politics (University of Texas Press, 2020) and editor of the Tate Modern In Focus project on Allan Sekula’s Waiting for Tear Gas (2016). Her writing on photography and film has also appeared in October, Oxford Art Journal and ARTMargins.

Sally Stein (Professor Emerita, University of California, Irvine) continues to research and write about photography and its impact on contemporary culture. The interrelated topics she most often engages concern the multiple effects of documentary imagery, the politics of gender, and the status and meaning of black and white and colour imagery on our perceptions, beliefs, even actions as consumers and citizens. She was married to Allan Sekula for over three decades and now oversees his estate. With Sekula Studio Manager Ina Steiner, she co-edited MACK's new collection of essays by Sekula, Art Isn't Fair (2020).

Billy Woodberry is a filmmaker and one of the founders of the L.A. Rebellion film movement. He has taught at the School of Film/Video and the School of Art at the California Institute of the Arts since 1989. Woodberry’s films have been screened at the Cannes and Berlin Film Festivals, Viennale, Rotterdam, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Harvard Film Archive, Camera Austria Symposium, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Tate Modern and Centre Pompidou.