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Taryn SIMON

Birthplace U.S.A
Year of birth 1975
Taryn Simon is an artist whose works combine photography, text, and graphic design. Her practice involves extensive research, in projects guided by an interest in systems of categorization and classification.
Exhibited at Yokohama Triennale 2014 are works from A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII, a series dealing with bloodlines and their related narratives.
Each “chapter” maps the interplay and collision of the forces of territorial inheritance, power, religion, or environment with those of psychological and physical inheritance. The chapters shown here deal with subjects including living persons declared dead in India for reasons of inheritance, the first female airplane hijacker, and the kidnapping of a South Korean fisherman̶recreated exactly as the chapter appeared when censored by the Chinese authorities during Simon's 2013 solo exhibition of A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII in Beijing.
A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII highlights the space between text and image, absence and presence, and order and disorder. It is at once cohesive and arbitrary, mapping the relationships among chance, blood, and other components of fate.