Allan Sekula's Seventy in Seven (from Fish Story, Chapter 4) Acquired by the Art Institute of Chicago

June 13, 2017

Allan Sekula, Fish Story, Christopher Grimes Gallery

Allan Sekula, Seventy in Seven (from Fish Story, Chapter 4), 1993-1994

Allan Sekula, Fish Story, Christopher Grimes Gallery

Allan Sekula, Seventy in Seven (from Fish Story, Chapter 4), 1993-1994

Allan Sekula, Documenta 11

Installation view, Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany, 2002

Allan Sekula, Documenta 11

Installation view, Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany, 2002

Allan Sekula, Busan Biennale

Installation view, Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea, 2012

The Art Institute of Chicago has acquired Seventy in Seven (from Fish Story, Chapter 4), 1993-1994. With a total of nine chapters, Fish Story was created over a seven-year period of research into maritime industries and included travel to industrial ports all over the world. It remains one of Sekula's best known and most important works. 

In chapter 4 of Fish Story, which is comprised of twenty-three photos and four text panels, Sekula brings attention to the displaced fishing villages of South Korea due to the industrialization of the docklands. Such industrialization includes Hyundai Motor Company, the world's largest automobile assembly plant, and Hyundai Heavy Industries, which operates the world's largest shipyard. 

Select exhibition history for Seventy in Seven includes the Busan Biennial, Busan, South Korea, 2012 and Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany, 2002.