Allan Sekula – Okeanos

Allan Sekula: Okeanos at TBA21–Augarten is a monographic exhibition exploring the legacy of Allan Sekula (United States, 1951–2013). Drawing from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) collection, the exhibition is charting the artist’s research into and investigation of the oceans, which make up most of our increasingly fragile hydrosphere. Okeanos is developed in collaboration with Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona, Spain.

Allan Sekula grew up in the port town of San Pedro, California and since the 1970 his artistic and theoretical work critically and passionately investigated the exploitative geopolitical configurations and labor relations active on our seas and in the super ports that almost invisibly manage the shipment and distribution of goods throughout a highly interconnected world. The shipping industry, seemingly a relic of the first industrial revolution, today moves more than 80 percent of the world’s commodities and is thus not only a central but also a severely underregulated and disregarded site of globalization. Sekula’s indefatigable research into sea trade and the maritime space articulates the oceans’s pivotal function in the world’s industrial systems but also voices the vulnerability of its ecosystems and the social and personal precariousness of the actors engaged in sea-based industries.

Veranstaltungsort

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary - Augarten

Scherzergasse 1
1020 Wien

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