Allan Sekula: This Ain’t China

October 27 – December 15, 2012
SFU Gallery

Allan Sekula's This Ain't China is a performance-based photo/text work from 1974 that analyzes labour relations in a fast food restaurant. It consists of photographs, a diagram and accompanying text. Sekula took the idea that “a stage is a place where anything can happen” and transferred it to the workplace where “a job site is a place where anything can happen”. The exhibition also includes a more recent backlit transparency entitled Eyes Closed Assembly Line, 2010 of a Chinese factory worker, connecting the earlier project to more recent working conditions under global capitalism.

Curated by Bill Jeffries and Melanie O’Brian.


Artist Talk: Allan Sekula
October 25, 2012, 7pm
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, South Building Theatre,
Room 301, 1399 Johnston St., Granville Island, Vancouver.
Co-sponsored by SFU Gallery, ECUAD and the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver.

Opening Reception
October 27, 2012, 2–4pm
SFU Gallery, Academic Quadrangle 3004, Burnaby

Film Screening and Discussion
The Forgotten Space by Allan Sekula and Noël Burch

October 27, 2012, 7pm
Discussion with Allan Sekula & Monika Szewczyk
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 3rd Floor, 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver
Co-sponsored by SFU Gallery, Curatorial Projects with funds from the Canada Council for the Arts and the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts