Allan Sekula: Fish Story

Main Gallery Jun 15–Aug 25, 1996

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Fish Story, 1996
Fish Story, 1996, Installation view, Santa Monica Museum of Art

An epic body of work by Los Angeles photographic artist Allan Sekula, Fish Story was created over a five-year period of research that included travel to industrial ports all over the world. This project explored the historical, sociopolitical, aesthetic, and literary connections among such far-flung port cities as New York, Rotterdam, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Seoul. Consisting of a sequence of 105 large-scale, color photographs interspersed with narrative panels authored by Sekula, as well as two slide projections, Fish Story wove an intricate web of visual and verbal associations among panoramic views of the sea, detailed close-ups of nautical devices, cargo containers, warehouses, sailors, and shipyard workers, locating the individual elements in an ever-shifting cross-current of global exchange: of goods, money, knowledge, and power. This exhibition was organized by Chris Dercon for the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and was accompanied by a full-color catalog.