Not Yet

On the Reinvention of Documentary and the Critique of Modernism

February 11 - July 13, 2015 /
Nouvel Building, Floor 0

Not Yet. On the Reinvention of Documentary and the Critique of Modernism sets out from the re-discovery of the Worker-photography movement of the 1920s and 1930, but within the social and intellectual context after 1968 and the new urban struggles.

The title is a double reference to Martha Rosler and Allan Sekula. At the end of her essay In, Around and Afterthoughts (1981), Rosler’s reference to the unfulfilled historical promise of documentary echoed the 1920s awareness of documentary as an art produced in parallel to social struggles. The incompleteness of documentary referred to the incompleteness of social justice, of a revolution not yet fully accomplished.

Allan Sekula’s programmatic essay Dismantling Modernism, Reinventing Documentary (1978), can be seen as a generational statement for politicized artists who placed the reshaping of documentary at the centre of their activities. The reinvention of documentary formulated by Rosler, Sekula and others was parallel to a critique of postwar depoliticised and institutionalised photographic modernism. The defence of documentary was also of its epistemic and archival condition and its instrumentality in social struggles, opposed to an autonomous understanding of art practice. It was precisely this historical need to politicise representation that turned the 1930 Worker Photography Movement into a reference for the new struggles against the repression of the working class revolutionary memory in the official history of the upsurge of modernism.

The exhibition is organized in various specific historic-conceptual areas, with the aim of offering a complex understanding of historical temporality. Together with photography and its printed public forms – magazines, books, posters, ephemera – the exhibition includes film and video work. Both in the 1930s and in the 1970s documentary activity has been produced in the complex confluence of photography, film and video.

Exhibition organized in conjunction with the celebration of PHotoEspaña.

Exhibition´s details

Organized by: 
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Jorge Ribalta
Arbeiterfotografie Aachen, A. L. Abadía, Paul Alberts, Joseph Alphers, Jesús Atienza, Omar Badsha, Arbeiterfotografie Barmstedt, Michael Barry, Ruth-Marion Baruch, Liza Béar, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Bee Berman, Jean-Louis Bertuccelli, Pieter Boersma, Aldo Bonasia, Peter Bosselmann, Jorg Boström, Arbeiterfotografie Bremen, Diana Cain, Catá, Carla Cerati, Lynne Christensen, Silvano Cinelli, Arbeiterfotografie Colonia, Robbie Conal, George Corsetti, Pep Cunties, Tano D'Amico, Ken Damy, DCTV and Strycker's Bay Neighborhood Council, Emory Douglas, Peter Dunn, Educational Video Center, Projektgruppe Eisenheim, Dirk Eitzen, Exit Photography Group, Eugenio Ferrari, David Goldblatt, Steve Goodman, J. Guerrero, Roland Günter, Dieter Hacker, Chauncey Hare, Nick Hedges, Miriam Hernandez, Tony Hiss, Alcina Horstman, Mad Housers, Joris Ivens & Marceline Loridan-Ivens, Pirkle Jones, Jon Jost, Joan Jubela, David King, Willa Koch, Paul Konings, Charles Koppelman, Wilhelm Körner, Manolo Laguillo, Lesley Lawson, Chris Ledechowski, Loraine Leeson, Nancy Linn, Fred Lonidier, Uliano Lucas, Esteve Lucerón, Ben Maclennan, P. Madueño, Peter Magubane, Chris Marker, Louis Massiah, Alfred Matas Pericé, Les groupes Medvedkine, Susan Meiselas, Gideon Mendel, S. Monroig, Montenegro, Bert Nienhuis, Christine Noschese, Cedric Nunn, Gerald Pagane, J. Pastor, Paolo Pedrizzetti, Photography Workshop Ltd. (Jo Spence [Londres, Inglaterra, 1934-1992]; Terry Dennett [Chigwell, Inglaterra, 1938-Londres, Inglaterra, 2018]), Jeeva Rajgopaul, Günter Rambow, Kristin Reed, Jason Robards, Rachael Romero, Martha Rosler, Nancy Salzer y Pablo Frasconi, Héctor Sánchez, Wendy Schwegmann, Enrico Scuro, Allan Sekula, Andreas Seltzer, Heinz Siegel, Han Singels, Eduardo Subías, Kimberly Tardiff, Seth Tobocman, Agnès Varda, David Wald, Paul Weinberg, Koen Wessing, Karel Wetselaar, Heinz Willmann, Krzysztof Wodiczko, C. Zelich View more