The work was produced over a four-year period (2008–11), during which the artist travelled around the world researching and documenting bloodlines and their related stories. In each of the 18 “chapters” that make up the work, external forces of territory, power, circumstance, or religion collide with the internal forces of psychological and physical inheritance. 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.
Taryn Simon “A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII”
Date: May 2nd – September 3rd, 2012
Place: The Museum of Modern Art, 3F
Address: 11 West 53 Street between 5th and 6th avenues, NY 10019-5497
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Text: Satsuki Miyanishi