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American artist Taryn Simon combines photography, text and graphic design in her work creating an ambitious conceptual body of work.
The exhibition at the Jeu de Paume presents a collection of her works produced since 2000.
In the series The Innocents, she underscores photography’s ability to blur truth and fiction. In the other An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, she confronts the divide between the priveledged access of the few and the limited access of the public.
Contraband presents an inventory of items seized by American customs officials at John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, showing that over a period of five days and four nights, 1,075 objects were refused entry to the U.S.
A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters was produced over a four-year period (2008-2011) during which Simon travelled around the world researching and recording bloodlines and their related stories. The subjects documented by Simon include victims of genocide in Bosnia, test rabbits infected with a lethal disease in Australia... Her collection is at once cohesive and arbitrary, mapping relations of chance, blood, and other components of fate.
The Picture Collection takes as its subject the New York Public Library’s picture archive. She highlights the impulse to archive and organize visual information, and points to the invisible hands behind seemingly neutral systems of image gathering.
Some of her videos will also be on view.