Tag: Taryn Simon

Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead

A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters is “an extended meditation on the political economy of fate” as Geoffrey Batchen describes it in the essay included in the catalogue that accompanies the exhibition. Simon’s new series explores the relationships between chance, blood and fate and records the effects of a combination of factors—territory, governance, power, and religion with psychological and physical inheritance.


Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters

Occupying five rooms and crafted into a 773-page book that should come with its own lectern; the work is a systematic record of 18 bloodlines or Chapters and their related stories. As with An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar (2007), Simon has unearthed an arbitrary selection of curious or nightmarish scenarios and invites us to analyse each as meticulously as she has brought them to our attention.


Taryn Simon, New York | Feature Shoot

Steidl recently published Simon’s book Contraband which includes photographs taken at both the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Federal Inspection site and the U.S. Postal Service International Mail Facility at John F. Kennedy International Airport. From November 16th 2009 to November 20th 2009, Simon remained on site at JFK and continuously photographed items detained or seized from passengers and express mail entering the United States from abroad. Simon has an upcoming show at Gagosian Gallery (Beverly Hills, CA) September 22- November 6, 2010.