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.
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 is currently the hottest property in art photography, with her work sought after by major museums across the world. On the eve of her latest show at Tate Modern, she talks to Sean O'Hagan about her complex and challenging images and the painst
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.
Passengers, airliners, workers, baggage, cargo, taxis and trains flow ceaselessly through Kennedy International Airport.
Taryn Simon recorded another ceaseless flow — one the public rarely sees: contraband detained and seized from international flights.
The four finalists for the annual Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2009 are Paul Graham, Emily Jacir, Tod Papageorge and Taryn Simon. The big winner will be awarded the prize of £30,000 on March 25, 2009.