Today we are celebrating Taryn Simon, as part of Women's History Month.
Based in New York, Simon is a multidisciplinary conceptual artist. Her practice involves extensive research, in projects guided by an interest in systems of categorization and classification.
Large-scale photographs from Simon's series "Paperwork and the Will of Capital" are currently on view at Gagosian Athens. In these works, Simon considers the stagecraft of power via the accords, treaties, and decrees drafted to influence systems of governance and economics. In archival images of the signings of these documents, powerful men flank flower arrangements; Simon recreated and photographed these arrangements, pairing them with texts that explain each event, underscoring the ways in which power is created, performed, marketed, and maintained. To find out more, click on the link in our bio.
Following the critically acclaimed debut of “An Occupation of Loss” in New York in 2016, Simon presents its second iteration in London next month. “An Occupation of Loss,” co-commissioned by @artangel_ldn and @parkavearmory, will open on April 17, 2018.
"Taryn Simon: Paperwork and the Will of Capital" is on view at Gagosian Athens through May 19, 2018.
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Image: Taryn Simon, "Contract to rehabilitate the Lebanese postal system. Beirut, Lebanon, July 22, 1998," 2015, archival inkjet print and text on archival herbarium paper in mahogany frame, 85 × 73 1/4 × 2 3/4 inches (215.9 × 186.1 × 7 cm) © Taryn Simon