the impossibility of absolute understanding

Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I – XVIII (2008-11)

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A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I – XVIII was produced over a four-year period (2008-11), during which the artist, Taryn Simon, travelled around the world researching and recording bloodlines and their related stories. 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.

 

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Taryn Simon was born in New York in 1975. Simon’s artistic medium consists of three equal elements: photography, text, and graphic design.


2 thoughts on “the impossibility of absolute understanding

  1. It makes me think of a line from Hakuin Zenji’s Song of Zazen “from dark path to dark path we wander…” And also “Let the dead bury the dead” which I think is from one of the Christian Gospels.
    Thanks for posting this.

    1. MY PLEASURE, I’m very fascinated by the way Taryn Simon uses facts and documents in her art. Art from facts open up new routes for understanding. It’s like she is giving abstract figures a human image.

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