Lottery of the Sea, 2006
A film by: Allen Sekula
‘Lottery of the Sea’ is a title that was inspired by ‘Wealth of Nations’ by Adam Smith. Allan Sekula designated his topic as the danger of the sea which Adam Smith used as an allegory to explain the adventure of economic activities. The artist has put together the coastal scenes of various countries since 2001 until recently, when the war against terrorism was declared, with an indifferent essay-like tone. From the harbor to wharf, and again to the beach, people’s lives are portrayed in the unsteady camera angle. Through a life that is encountered with a huge and dangerous being as the sea, the artist once again questions our political and social self-portrait in the modern world.