Taryn Simon – A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters
Taryn Simon recently had an exhibition at Tate Modern of her body of work entitled “A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters”. This work was produced over a four year time period and examines bloodlines and their associated stories. The work is divided into eighteen chapters and documents, among other things, feuding families in Brazil, victims of genocide in Bosnia, the body double of Saddam Hussein’s son Uday, and the living dead in India. Each chapter is comprised of three segments: an annotation, a large portrait series depicting bloodline members and a second series containing photographic evidence. 817 portraits are systematically arranged within their chapters. The exhibition has since been shown in Berlin and will move to MoMA, New York in May 2012. I highly recommend you check it out if you can.
Mack Books, one of my favourite independent publishing houses, published the book to accompany the exhibition. The book is as large as the body of work, 864 pages containing 1000 images and weighing in at over 10lbs. As with all Mack Books, the attention to detail in the production and the quality of the book is fantastic.