Alhurra TV, Broadcast Studio, Springfield, Virginia
Alhurra TV, Broadcast Studio, Springfield, Virginia

Accompanying Text Plate:

Alhurra TV, Broadcast Studio, Springfield, Virginia

Anchor Mona Atari at the Alhurra news desk.

Alhurra is a U.S. Government-sponsored, Arabic language television network devoted primarily to news and information. Established in February 2004, the network broadcasts 24-hour, commercial-free satellite programming to an audience of 21 million weekly viewers in 22 Arab countries. In April 2004, a second Iraq-focused channel, Alhurra Iraq, was launched.

Section 501 of the U.S. Information and Education Exchange Act, passed by Congress in 1948, authorizes the U.S. Government to disseminate information abroad about the U.S. and its policies. Section 501 also prohibits domestic dissemination of that same information. It is therefore illegal to broadcast Alhurra domestically. Alhurra is Arabic for ‘the free one.’

About Taryn Simon

Conceptual artist Taryn Simon’s photographs and accompanied writing are the result of a long process of research and investigation. For her 2011 work A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters, produced over a four-year period, Simon traveled around the world collecting stories and images that mapped the relationships among chance, blood, and other components of fate. Her work Contraband (2010) presented 1,075 images of items that were detained or seized from passengers and mail entering the United States from abroad. An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar (2007), revealed objects, sites, and spaces that are integral to America's foundation or daily functioning but remain inaccessible or unknown to the public audience, including a nuclear waste storage facility, a braille edition of Playboy, and the art collection of the CIA. Equally concerned with formalism and realism, Simon seeks seductive images of inaccessible and unrecognized, but symbolic, subjects, and maintains a diverse practice that extends to film, sculpture, and performance.

American, b. 1975, New York, New York, based in New York, New York

Solo Shows on Artsy

Paperwork and the Will of Capital, Almine Rech, Brussels
Taryn Simon: Birds of the West Indies, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills
Taryn Simon: Black Square, Gagosian Gallery, Athens
Taryn Simon: Contraband, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills

Group Shows on Artsy

Installment 1: Inaugural Exhibition, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

Fair History on Artsy