Allan Sekula is a photographer, writer, filmmaker and faculty member at California Institute of the Arts.The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens commissioned Sekula to create Edit Nine, an outdoor installation in conjunction with its 2008 exhibition, This Side of Paradise. He describes the project as a “prose poem in pictures,” a meditation on the last two decades of the life of L.A. The sequence of more than 20 outdoor, large-scale photographs is dedicated to the memory of writer and labor activist Louis Adamic, who emigrated from Slovenia to the U.S. during World War I and is best known for his autobiography Laughing in the Jungle (1932). For AGENCY, Sekula adds two photographs specifically chosen for the grounds of Montalvo. As visitors wander around the art center, gardens and park pathways, the meaning of the pictures gradually reveal themselves.
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