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: Main menu additional Become a Member Shop. See Jean Baudrillard, Simulationstrans. Fish Story was completed and first exhibited in Januarybefore the wave of general strikes in France that occurred between November and December that year. Two Years After Closing. Courtesy Estate of Allan Sekula. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to digital moma.

Fish Story also included two slide sequences of 80 projected slides each: I would like to thank the editorial team of immediations for permission to republish the article, and Simon Baker, Sarah James, Sara Knelman, Julian Stallabrass and my anonymous reviewers for their invaluable feedback on earlier versions of the text, as well as Christopher Griffin and Jennifer Mundy at Tate Papers.

Though there is a long artistic tradition of depicting harbors, ships and coastlines, few contemporary artists are continuing it.

Social Suffering in Contemporary Societytrans. 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.

As part of research for this project she travelled onboard containerships and visited ports throughout the western Indian Ocean. In doing this, a number of contemporary and historic routes were traced and questioned. Jeroen Verbeeck is a Ph. Dismal Science and Walking on Water. In sum, the admittance of contingency and subjectivity are integral to the critical realism of Fish Story. Fish StorySekula’s magnum opus, underscores photography’s role in labor history and in working class responses to globalization.

Allan Sekula — Fish Story

She is the author of Dialectical Passions: 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.


Are there broader lessons to be drawn from this disappearance? For an account of these trends, see Naomi Klein, No Logo: For access to motion picture film stills please contact the Film Study Center. On land the viewer is privy to these mostly unseen frontier towns for the global circulation of containers, within which individual people occupy a variety of positions.

Buchloh, in Sekulap. Along these journeys, he charted the migration of people and circuits of capital, chronicling — with pen and camera — the experiences of diverse workforces. Accordingly, Fish Story targets numerous aspects and local effects of the world-historical picture, concentrating on the painful transitions of Europe and the US from industrial to post-industrial societies, and the contemporaneous industrialisation of East Asia.

Capitalism is both a world system and a process without agency. 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.

If you notice an error, please contact us at digital moma. The trilogy continued in —6, with Geography Lesson: The Forgotten Space 23 Apr29 May With the exhibition Fish StoryAmerican artist Allan Sekula reconstructed a realist model of photographic representation, while taking a critical stance towards traditional documentary photography. 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.

ICA | On Allan Sekula’s Fish Story

All requests to license audio or video footage produced by MoMA should be addressed to Scala Archives at firenze scalarchives. But if the institutions of the art world have, in the last two decades, proven more than amenable to critical documentary practices, and happy to fisj them to their discourse with little friction, what strength of challenge to the dominant ideologies of that world do they in fact present?

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A key issue in Fish Story is the connection between containerized cargo movement and the growing internationalization of the world industrial economy, with its effects on the actual social space of ports. Above all, this means to recognise the inherent contradictions of a complex and continuously changing world-system, and indeed to insist on contradiction as the very locus of change. Acknowledgements This paper is a revised version of an article originally published in immediationsDecemberpp.


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

More information is also available about the film collection and the Circulating Film and Video Library. From —, Sekula spent seven years photographing harbours and major port cities around the world. 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?

Allan Sekula: Fish Story

Most importantly, it would seem that, in any attempt to portray global capitalism, a danger of detachment and reification will be heightened by the sheer invisibility of the systemic. Canadian Notesa reflection on Canada, its industrial economy, and its fraught relationship with its more powerful neighbour. Allan Sekula, Fish Story Allan Sekula — was a renowned photographer, filmmaker, theorist, photography historian and critic. See Elisabeth Sussman ed. In short, the boundaries of that institutional field sekila 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.

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 fiish abounds in Fish Storyfrom the scavengers of Los Angeles harbour to the long queues of a Gdansk unemployment office. Overall, the sequences formed a circular movement.

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

Since its conception, Sekula sought to build the project cumulatively, exhibiting and publishing Fish Story as a tish in progress. Contemporary Art from the Collection March 8— April 111 other work identified. See Beverly Silver, Forces of Labor: