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

Excerpt from Chapter XVIII, A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I-XVIII

c. “Ali” was arrested and imprisoned in Iran for suspected homosexuality. After posting bail, he escaped to Spain, where he was the first Iranian granted asylum for persecution related to sexual orientation. “Ali” has received repeated threats in Spain and consequently covered his head and hands in this photograph to conceal his identity. COLEGA, Málaga.

d. Eusebio Valderrama Sevilla and José Gallego Sánchez, classical Spanish dancers, were imprisoned under the Ley de Vagos y Maleantes (Vagrancy Act). Sevilla (left) was imprisoned for forty-five days in Madrid and ninety days in Málaga. Sánchez (right) was first arrested at age sixteen and imprisoned on two separate occasions, each for one month. Sevilla/Sánchez home, Málaga.

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