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Photography Thu Apr 01 2010

Bureaucratics at the University of Chicago

Boliva-08/2005 [Tin., CAVC (b. 1950)]
Constantino Ayaviri Castro (b.1950), previously a construction worker, is a police officer third class for the municipality of Tinguipaya, Tomás Frías province. The police station does not have a phone, car or typewriter.
Monthly salary: 800 bolivianos ($189)

Bureaucratics, an exhibition by Dutch photographer Jan Banning, opens this Friday in the University of Chicago's Harper Commons, 1116 E. 59th Street. The 50 images in the exhibition are the result of years of photographing bureaucrats behind their desks on five continents. Banning's photographs express the relationship between bureaucratic work, identity and the state, all the while maintaining the cultural and institutional differences of each represented bureaucracy.

The images certainly stand on their own, but be sure to grab a program while viewing the work so that you can read Will Tinnemans' captions. Sample captions are reproduced with the images here.

Bureaucratics opens Friday, April 2 from 6-8pm and will run until June 11, 2010. An artist talk and discussion are currently being scheduled.

Liberia-37/2006 [Cro., JMS (b. 1959)]
J. Modesco Siaker (b. 1959) is Town Clerk in Crozierville, Careysburg district, Montserrado County. Monthly salary: 750 Liberian dollars ($13)

USA-11/2007 [Ozo., SF (b. 1961)]
Shane Fenton (b. 1961) is sheriff of Crockett County, Texas and based in Ozona, the county seat. Monthly salary: $3,166

Yemen-35/2006 [AIM., AAN (b. 1982)]
Alham Abdulwaze Nuzeli (b. 1982) works at the regional office of the Ministry of Tithing and Alms in the city of Al-Mahwit, Al-Mahwit governorate. Monthly salary: 12,000 rial ($67)

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