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"A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters, I–XVIII" was produced over a 4-year period (2008–2011), during which Taryn Simon travelled the world researching and recording bloodlines and their related stories. In each of the eighteen "chapters" that make up the work, the external forces of territory, power, circumstance, or religion collide with the internal forces of psychological and physical inheritance. Her subjects feuding families in Brazil, victims of genocide in Bosnia, the first woman to hijack an aircraft, and the living dead in India. Her collection is at once cohesive and arbitrary, mapping the relationships among chance, blood, and other components of fate. This volume, now sold out, accompanied the exhibitions at Tate Modern, London (May 2011), Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (September 2011), and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (May–September 2012).
Taryn Simon was born in New York in 1975. Her artistic medium consists of photography, text, and graphic design.
Simon's photographs and writing have been the subject of monographic exhibitions at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2013); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2012); Tate Modern, London (2011); Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2011); Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (2008); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2007).
Permanent collections include Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tate Modern, Whitney Museum of American Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Her work was included in the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015 and the Carnegie International in 2013. She is a graduate of Brown University and a Guggenheim Fellow.
Her books include "An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar", "Contraband", "Birds of the West Indies", "Paperwork and the Will of Capital" among other publications.
Published in May 2011 by MACK Books
First Edition, First Printing
With numerous gatefolds, 3 different paper stocks
1000 full colour images
Texts by Homi K. Bhabha and Geoffrey Batchen
25 cm x 34 cm, Hardcover, 864 pages