South likes: Taryn Simon at Museum Folkwang, Essen


Taryn Simon, 
From: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters, 2011
, C-Print.
© Taryn Simon

South likes: Taryn Simon at Museum Folkwang, Essen
There Are Some Who Are in Darkness: Works from the Olbricht Collection, Selected by the Artist
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
9 November, 2013 – 2 March, 2014

Balancing between the notions of what something appears to be and what something actually is, Taryn Simon compiles images and words to compose a collection on the nature of concealed realities. This exhibition brings together the essence of three of her major past projects. The mystifying and intriguing patterns of family blood relations meet with men falsely accused of repulsive crimes, and finally, with obscure sides of American urban mythology. Memories of people and truths unknown to the viewer form a bewildering assemblage that revolves around the concept of absence. A portrait missing from a family tree, the missing evidence that could have saved an innocent man, and facts of everyday life one tends to overlook function as a reminder of our own imperfect knowledge of our origin and surroundings. As in archive of hidden dimensions of our everyday lives, this show is a chance to explore and reflect upon the absent fragments of our own selves.

Marina Maniadaki


Taryn Simon, Troy Webb, 
Scene of the crime, The Pines, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Served 7 years of a 47-year sentence for Rape, Kidnapping and Robbery, 2002
, chromogenic Print
. © Taryn Simon


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