Allan Sekula at Antoni Tàpies Foundation

June 10, 2017

Allan Sekula, Fundació Antoni Tàpies Museum

Installation view, Allan Sekula. Collective Sisyphus, Fundació Antoni Tàpies Museum, Barcelona. Photo: Roberto Ruiz. Courtesy of Fundació Antoni Tàpies, 2017

Allan Sekula, Fundació Antoni Tàpies Museum

Installation view, Allan Sekula. Collective Sisyphus, Fundació Antoni Tàpies Museum, Barcelona. Photo: Roberto Ruiz. Courtesy of Fundació Antoni Tàpies, 2017

Allan Sekula, Fundació Antoni Tàpies Museum

Installation view, Allan Sekula. Collective Sisyphus, Fundació Antoni Tàpies Museum, Barcelona. Photo: Roberto Ruiz. Courtesy of Fundació Antoni Tàpies, 2017

Allan Sekula, Fish Story, 1988-1995

Allan Sekula, Ship of Fools

Allan Sekula, Ship of Fools, 1999-2010

Allan Sekula, Ship of Fools

Allan Sekula, Ship of Fools, 1999-2010

The Antoni Tàpies Foundation in Barcelona presents Allan Sekula: Collective Sisyphus opening June 13, 2017. The exhibition, Sekula's first solo show in Spain, will feature the artist's later bodies of work focusing on his research into the maritime industries, including Fish Story, 1988-1995 and Ship of Fools / The Docker's Museum, 1999-2010. 

 

Fish Story was created over a seven-year period of research into the impact of the maritime economy on the globalisation of the 1990s. Sekula's critique of global capitalism is played out over the course of nine chapters and documents industrial docklands and their workers in ports all over the world. Ship of Fools / The Docker's Museum was Sekula's last major body of work before his death in 2013. Ship of Fools examines the adaptation of a cargo vessel, called the Global Mariner, in 1998 to host a mobile multi-media exhibition. The exhibition, sponsored by the International Transport Workers Federation, formed part of an 18-month campaign around the world against a system of shipping under flags of convenience that shielded substandard vessels and exploitative labor conditions.

 

Allan Sekula: Collective Sisyphus will open on June 13th with a conference lead by Sally Stein entitled Back to the Drawing Board. Maritime themes and discursive crosscurrents in the notebooks of Allan Sekula. This event is free and open to the public. The exhibition is co-curated by Hilde van Gelder, Anja Isabel Schneider and Carles Guerra and will be on view through September 25, 2017.