Christopher Grimes Gallery

Allan Sekula: Shipwreck and Workers

Allan Sekula: Shipwreck and Workers

goldsmiths, istanbul (triptych) by allan sekula

Allan Sekula

Goldsmiths, Istanbul (triptych), 1999–2007

gravediggers, kassel (triptych) by allan sekula

Allan Sekula

Gravediggers, Kassel (triptych), 2006–2007

los ricos destruyen el planeta by allan sekula

Allan Sekula

Los ricos destruyen el planeta, 2007

Saturday, July 14, 2007Saturday, September 1, 2007


Santa Monica, CA USA

Christopher Grimes Gallery is pleased to present a new body of work by acclaimed photographer, historian and social activist Allan Sekula. This series will be in direct dialogue with work to be exhibited at Documenta 12 from June 16 – September 23, 2007 in Kassel, Germany.

Shipwreck and Workers for Documenta 12 will include photographs of a midwife, a mother, newborn babies, and gravediggers. The work will be installed outdoors on the Palace Wilhelmshoehe, flanking a baroque water cascade that flows down from an early eighteenth century statue of Hercules, guardian hero of the city. The first version of this series was exhibited in 2005 as a set of large outdoor photographs in Vienna at the Chamber of Labor, and then as an expanded version of the work in Belgium at the STUK Kunstcentrum, also in 2005. Christopher Grimes Gallery will exhibit photographs presented in Documenta 12 as well as a few works from earlier versions of the series.

“The starting point for Shipwreck and Workers was a single photograph made alongside the Sea of Marmara in Istanbul just after Christmas in 1999. A solitary worker, hunched like one of Breugel’s peasants, shovels debris with his back turned to the shipwreck behind him. It occurred to me to make a series of pictures based on this singular image. The relay from one work to the next requires that there be no overlap. In the series, the shipwreck remains singular, even if sliced into three parts, and the workers become plural.” – Allan Sekula, 2007

Sekula recently exhibited at the Whitney Museum in New York as part of their show Full House: Views of the Whitney’s Collecion at 75. Vienna’s Generali Foundation organized a comprehensive retrospective of Sekula’s work in 2003 and he was featured at The National Museum, Zadar, Croatia. Sekula participated in Documenta 11 in Kassel, Germany, 2002. Additionally, he has shown at the Whitney Biennial (1993); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Barbican Centre, London; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; and the Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels.

Sekula's work is included in the collections of the Thyssen-Bornesmisza Art Contemporary in Vienna; the Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art; Centre Pompidou, Paris; MACBA, Barcelona; Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece and the ARCO foundation, Madrid, Spain among others.

Please click the link below to view Allan Sekula’s Shipwreck and Workers exhibition page as well as a clip from A Short Film for Laos:

Christopher Grimes Exhibit

Please click the link below to view images of Allan Sekula’s installation at Documenta 12 as well as an interview of Sekula discussing this body of work:

Allan Sekula Installation

For biographical information and a selection of additional images please visit our website at www.cgrimes.com or contact 310-587-3373.