Fish Story, Sekula’s magnum opus, underscores photography’s role in labor history and in working class responses to globalization. The project has seven. First published in , Allan Sekula’s Fish Story is regarded as a seminal early critique of global capitalism and landmark body of work that challenged. Fish Story [Allan Sekula] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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Jacques Derrida, Spectres of Marx: The first and fourth chapters demonstrate most clearly that geography is an organising principle of the seven photographic sequences, and it is on the basis of this identification in particular that the viewer is encouraged to draw such parallels as that between Northern industrial decline and Southern industrial development, and thence to draw further local parallels within and across the chapters.

Does the sea become fixed and the land fluid? More information is also available about the film collection and the Circulating Film and Video Library.

In short, the boundaries of that institutional field are clearly more porous than Buchloh is here willing to admit, and with his help, Fish Story becomes legible within the artistic field precisely as a contravention of the dominant terms of post-Conceptual photographic practice.

Allan Sekula — Fish Story

From —, Sekula spent seven years photographing harbours and major port cities around the world. In sum, the admittance of contingency and subjectivity are integral to the critical realism of Fish Story.

Allan Sekula, Fish Story It shows the Staten Island Ferry binoculars, minus the boy, directed through the window of sekulaa deck towards another ship in the hazy middle distance, the metallic sheen of the casing reflected in the same window back towards sekla viewer.

The Forgotten Space 23 Apr29 May For licensing motion picture film footage it is advised to apply directly to the copyright holders. In the last year of Sekula’s life, she returned to Los Angeles to help organize his archive, and since that time has overseen the inventory of his studio and arranged for a number of key posthumous exhibitions and publications.


For Buchloh, documentary as a form of realism is of utmost importance in this equation. Scenes for a New Heritage: The most significant economic shift in the recent past for Fish Story had been the collapse of the Eastern Bloc at the start of the s, and Sekula has suggested this as the overriding impetus for his six-year project, whose scope is matched only by the newfound reach of capitalist market forces around the globe from this time forward, for which the expansiveness of the oceans serves as a fitting metaphor, and their navigation an equally apt metonym.

Canadian Notesa reflection on Canada, its industrial economy, and its fraught relationship with its more powerful neighbour. Jeroen Verbeeck is a Ph.

She is the author of Dialectical Passions: Taking Aim at fis Brand BulliesLondonpp. Often absent, obscured or incidental, sometimes central, mostly at work on specific tasks, and occasionally dwarfed by some hulking industrial apparatus, the subjects include welders, dockers, market traders, scavengers, rescue workers and fishermen, as well as the unemployed, children and families. This record is a work in progress. The fourth chapter, Seventy in Seven completed insekuula the burgeoning shipping industry of South Korea as its subject, together with its winners and losers: Nudging the view a little to the right, the second image reveals a pocket of urban dereliction just across the river, shielded from the museum by a row of apartments.

The counterpart, then, to the etory post-industrial and postmodern visions allab social reproduction founded on service labour, the creative industries and the fashioning of consumer experiences in the advanced societies of the North has been the ebbing visibility of material production over the last thirty to forty years in those same countries.

Allan Sekula — Fish Story – Exhibitions – Program – Witte de With

Robert Brenner, The Boom and the Bubble: The significance of the project was recognised soon after its appearance, yet it has been the focus of relatively little extended commentary since, despite being regularly described as a seminal work on the theme of globalisation. The photographs constitute a unique record of unemployment and dilapidation in the old industrial powers, the capitalist pursuit of cheap labor around the globe, and the strenuous work of seafaring.


If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to digital moma. However, if the reflex of contemporary consumer society in the global North is to foster a romanticised vision of industrial labour consigned to an imaginary past, this may be as refuge from the urgent pressures of the present.

The exhibition in Witte de With consisted of 7 sequences or chapters, incorporating framed color photographs: The successive chapters of Fish Story were shown individually in various locations as they were completed, but it was the exhibition of two chapters at the Whitney Biennial in New York that put the project under the international spotlight for the first time. Tourism itself and, by extension, the rise of the service industries in general cannot accommodate, nor can the touristic view disguise, the impoverishment of post-industrial decline, of which evidence abounds in Fish Storyfrom the scavengers of Los Angeles harbour to the long queues of a Gdansk unemployment office.

ICA | On Allan Sekula’s Fish Story

Installation views We used machine learning to identify this work in photos from our exhibition history. There is all the more risk, then, for the photographer who makes flsh their theme, that particular circumstances will come off as the passive illustration of immutable historical forces, and that his or her individual subjects will read as helpless victims.

There are microscopic close-ups as well as panoramas and, between the stiry, there are highly detailed and carefully composed views of a variety of oceanic, coastal, factory and shipyard scenes. The project has seven chapters, incorporating color photographs, twenty-six black-and-white text panels, and two slide projections.