May 2 – September 3, 2012
MoMA, New York
Image: Taryn Simon. Chapter XVII from A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters (detail). 2011. Courtesy of the artist. © Taryn Simon
Excerpt of MoMA’s Press Release:
„This exhibition is the U.S. premiere of Taryn Simon’s (b. 1975, New York) photographic project A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters. The work was produced over a four-year period (2008–11), during which the artist travelled around the world researching and documenting bloodlines and their related stories. In each of the 18 “chapters” that make up the work, external forces of territory, power, circumstance, or religion collide with the internal forces of psychological and physical inheritance. The subjects Simon documents include victims of genocide in Bosnia, test rabbits infected with a lethal disease in Australia, the first woman to hijack an aircraft, and the living dead in India. Her collection is at once cohesive and arbitrary, mapping the relationships among chance, blood, and other components of fate.“
In conjunction with the exhibition there will be held a Member Gallery Talk on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 12:30 p.m.
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