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The James and Anne Duderstadt Center


September 26 - October 28

Reception: Tuesday, September 27

5:00 – 6:30 pm

Duderstadt Center Gallery


A series of photos from Dutch photographer Jan Banning documenting offices in different bureaucracies around the world.  Bureaucratics is a project consisting of a book and exhibition. The two venue exhibition is comprised of 50 photographs each the product of an anarchist’s heart, a historian’s mind and an artist’s eye. Bureaucratics is a comparative photographic study of the culture, rituals and symbols of state civil administrations and its servants in eight countries on five continents, selected on the basis of political, historical and cultural considerations.  Each subject is posed behind his or her desk. They are full of telling details that sometimes reveal the way the state proclaims its power or the bureaucrat’s rank and function, sometimes of a more private character and are accompanied by information such as name, age, function and salary. Though there is a high degree of humor and absurdity in these photos, they also show compassion with the inhabitants of the state’s paper labyrinth. 


In conjunction, there will be a 10-photo pop-up exhibition at the Institute for Humanities from September 14 - October 28 and an Artist Talk with book signing, at Literati Bookstore on September 29, at 7:00 pm.