Taryn Simon


Taryn Simon

Born in 1975, in New-York (United States of America)


Taryn Simon graduated from Brown University in 1997. Her work questions the role of the image, how it is categorised and its power, in the form of photographs, video and writing.

Archives and memory and their context form the subjects of works that have an anthropological quality. Part conceptual art, part political statement, she creates visual inventories of our society. Her interest in collections and indexes has led her to create series of photographs that reveal what is often hidden, such as An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar (2007) and Contraband (2010). Her investigations often take the form of series. Between 2008 and 2011, for A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII, she collected information and photographs on family trees from around the world, which were then related to political, cultural and social events.

Selected Bibliography

Simon, Taryn ; Jaquier Yves-Alexandre. Vues arrière, nébuleuse stellaire et le bureau de la propagande extérieure : oeuvre de Taryn Simon : [exposition, Le jeu de Paume, 24 février - 17 mai 2015 ;"A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I - XVIII", le point du jours, Cherbourg, 1er mars - 31 mai 2015]. Paris : Jeu de Paume, 2015. 

Simon, Taryn. Field Guide to Birds of the West Indies. Ostfildern : Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2015. 

Guillot, Claire, « Les faux-semblants de Taryn Simon », M le magazine du Monde, n° 179, 21/02/2015, 1 p.

Simon, Taryn ; Whitney museum of American art (New York, N.Y.). An american index of the hidden and unfamiliar : [Exposition, New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, 2007. Exposition, Frankfurt/Main, Museum für Moderne Kunst, 2007-2008]. Göttingen : Steidl, 2007. 

Simon, Taryn ; Neufeld, Peter ; Scheck, Barry. The innocents. New York : Umbrage, 2003.

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