Chapter XVII, A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII
Chapter XVII, A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII
Chapter XVII, A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII
Chapter XVII, A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII
Chapter XVII, A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII

Excerpt from Annotation Panel, Chapter XVII, A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I-XVIII:

Children at this Ukrainian orphanage are between the ages of six and sixteen. Current orphanage records show that only one child was adopted in a twelvemonth period. All children must leave the orphanage at age sixteen. If space is available, they are placed in continuing education programs and monitored by the director of the orphanage for five years.

It is commonly reported that when children leave Ukrainian orphanages they can be targeted for human trafficking, prostitution, and child pornography. Many are forced into crime for their survival, and high rates of suicide are recorded. Ukraine is not a party to the 1993 Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, whose mission includes the prevention of the abduction, sale, and trafficking of children worldwide. Ukraine’s State Department for the Adoption and Protection of Rights of the Child maintains a database of children available for domestic and international adoption.

This orphanage has an insufficient supply of beds and warm clothing. Children bathe infrequently, as hot water is not available until the gas is turned on in mid-October. The annual purchasing budget, according to its director, is approximately 7,000 hryvnia (880 USD). The director listed the orphanage’s most urgent needs as: an industrial-size washing machine and dryer, four vacuum cleaners, two computers, a video projector, a copy machine, winter shoes, and a dentist’s drill.

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

2016
Paperwork and the Will of Capital, Almine Rech, Brussels
2014
Taryn Simon: Birds of the West Indies, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills
2012
Taryn Simon: Black Square, Gagosian Gallery, Athens
2010
Taryn Simon: Contraband, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills

Group Shows on Artsy

2014
Installment 1: Inaugural Exhibition, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

Fair History on Artsy