Allan Sekula

Calder's Factory, 1998

Calder’s Factory is a project undertaken by Allan Sekula during his residency at the Atelier Calder, in Saché, in 1998. During his six-month stay in the American sculptor’s former home, Allan Sekula drew up a portrait of the local territory, by way of questioning the impact of Calder’s presence on the working environment around Saché and on the development of activities involving human production, between the years when Calder was present and the moment when Sekula stayed on the site. The nearby territory is first of all defined by its vineyards, surrounding the Atelier, then the Loire and the rivers from which Sunday anglers take the local fish known as the sangre. Further on, there is also the sorting centre at Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, and the Biémont foundry where Calder had his mobiles and stabiles made—known as “Calder’s factory”. In the late 1990s, the factory was then manufacturing tanks for dangerous liquids; in it, Sekula photographed a worker who had helped Calder in his youth.

Nadine Labedade

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