Taryn Simon

Taryn Simon directs our attention to familiar systems of organization. For instance, bloodlines, criminal investigations, flower arrangements—making visible the contours of power and authority hidden within. In her work, she incorporates mediums ranging from photography and sculpture to text, sound, and performance. Furthermore, each of her projects is shaped by years of rigorous research and planning. Which also includes obtaining access from institutions as varied as the US Department of Homeland Security and Playboy Enterprises, Inc.

Taryn Simon was born in New York, where she now lives and works. She received a BA in semiotics from Brown University in 1997. After that, in 2001 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship for what would become her first major photographic and textual work: The Innocents (2002). Which was exhibited at MoMA PS 1.

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