This is quite possibly my favorite art-&-theory, photo-&-literature essay, project-&- book of all time. Sekula was a rare individual: equally perceptive of the smallest. Fish Story [Allan Sekula] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Fish Story has 16 ratings and 2 reviews. American artist and writer Allan Sekula spent seven years photographing harbors and port citites around the worl.

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The project has seven chapters, incorporating color photographs, twenty-six black-and-white text panels, and two slide projections. Jie Hui marked it as to-read Jul 29, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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.

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. The conveniences of a raised standard of living and the twin impositions of Fordist work and leisure are here inseparable.

Fritzie rated it really liked it Oct 05, But by the s this postmodern critique had hardened into the opposite doxa, namely that social knowledge was irrecoverable by photography, and that realism was a defunct project. The whole ensemble was later exhibited at the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, inand then at Documenta 11 incurated by Okwui Enwezor, where it appeared considerably less isolated than at the Whitney Biennial nine years earlier, taking its place among a large number of photographic and documentary film works.

The trilogy continued in —6, with Geography Lesson: This record is a work in progress. American artist and writer Allan Sekula spent seven years photographing harbors and port citites around the world. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to digital moma.

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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. While the texts bookend the photographs in the publication, partition walls demarcating the different chapters in the gallery allow for a degree of variation in the spatial arrangement of texts among images without relinquishing that clarity.


Mirjam Visscher rated it liked it Nov 08, Thanks for telling us about the problem. Tate Papers Seekula is a sekulw research journal that publishes articles on British and modern international art, and on museum practice today.

Allan Sekula: Fish Story, to be continued

Overall, the sequences formed a circular movement. Dismal Science and Walking on Water. Not merely because of its placement, the very first image of Fish Story as a whole, in fact, provokes just such an attempt fig. Walking on Eskula Chapter 9. For Buchloh, documentary as a form of realism is of utmost importance in this equation.

Fish Story, to be continued News. Justin marked it as to-read May 04, 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 sory metonym.

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. Beyond this, a critical realism must, above all, be self-critical, and alert to the inevitable limitations of its attempt to apprehend the enigma of capital as a relation that exists only in and as movement.

The exhibition in Witte de With consisted of 7 sequences or chapters, incorporating framed color photographs: If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication or moma. Kerry Purcell rated it it was amazing Aug 25, This was despite the fact that debates within the pages of the journals LEF from to and Noyvi LEF from to often tended, as John Roberts has argued, to polarise around commitments to one or the other of these aspects.

With the exhibition Fish StoryAmerican artist Allan Sekula stkry a realist model of photographic representation, while taking a critical stance towards traditional documentary photography.


Tara Robbins marked it as to-read Nov 07, 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 fsh the long queues of a Gdansk unemployment office.

Gazmend Kryeziu marked it as to-read Aug 13, Vivianne Prata meyer fonseca marked it as to-read Nov 28, The key project, Fish Story was created over a five-year period and considers global maritime trade as an sfkula part of capitalist market forces.

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Production in View: Allan Sekula’s Fish Story and the Thawing of Postmodernism – Tate Papers | Tate

For an account of these trends, see Naomi Klein, No Logo: Robert Brenner, The Boom and the Bubble: The first chapter goes on to focus largely on both the busy and abandoned harbour areas of California, including an empty shipyard after its use as a location for a Hollywood film shoot fig. Stavros Fourfourianakis added it Apr 16, A decade or so before these works, Fish Story itself resonates with the gradual unravelling, identified by the labour sociologist Beverly Silver, of a broad social-scientific consensus that labour movements of the s were in a severe or even terminal crisis.

Though there is a long artistic tradition of depicting harbors, ships and coastlines, few contemporary artists are continuing it. Completed between andthe third instalment of this trilogy, the exhibition and book project Fish Story fig. The result was Fish Story, a seven-chapter illustrated tomb with more than color photographs, that question what remains of our port cities in the wake of a globalized economy.

Social Suffering in Contemporary Societytrans. Leo marked it as to-read Jan 04, Alex added it Apr 13, But as it carves its position within and between these conventions, forging a space of resistance in the aesthetic field as a complex configuration of form and content, Fish Story simultaneously occupies a real position within the overlapping institutional fields of documentary photography and contemporary art.