Taryn Simon, ‘Research Marijuana Crop Grow Room, National Center for Natural Products Research, Oxford, Mississippi from An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar’, 2005/2007, Phillips

Collection of Georges Bermann

Image: 64.8 x 83.8 cm (25 1/2 x 32 7/8 in.)
Frame: 94.9 x 114 cm (37 3/8 x 44 7/8 in.)

From the Catalogue:
‘I investigate photography's ability to blur truth and fiction, and its influence on memory, which can lead to severe, even lethal consequences.’

Taryn Simon

Taryn Simon’s An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar documents the unseen activities of government, science, religion and security in the United States. To create her seductive images, Simon meticulously researches the vast topics that she covers even before picking up her camera. Research Marijuana Crop Grow Room, National Center for Natural Products Research, Oxford, Mississippi depicts the only federally funded site where it is legal to cultivate cannabis for scientific research. Simon’s work explores the unknown, our tendency to not think about what one cannot see and digests the idea of privileged access to information.

Simon is a multidisciplinary artist who has worked in photography, text, sculpture, film/video and performance. Her work is held in museum collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Tate Modern, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt.
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: Printed credit, title, date and number 2/7 on a gallery label affixed to the reverse of the frame.

Taryn Simon: An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 9 March – 24 June 2007, for another print

T. Simon, An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, Whitney Museum/ Steidl, 2007, p. 97

Gagosian Gallery, Paris

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