Taryn Simon

A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I - XVIII


Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin

  • , CHAPTER I (The living dead, India), 2011
    Archival inkjet prints comprised of 3 components
    213,36 x 301,63 cm (framed)
  • , Excerpt from Chapter I
    A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII
  • , Excerpt from Chapter VI
    A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII
  • , Excerpt from Chapter VI
    A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII
  • , Chapter XVII (Orphans, Ukraine), 2011
    Archival inkjet prints comprised of 5 components
    213,36 x 614,36 cm (framed)
  • , Excerpt from Chapter XVII
    A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII
  • , Excerpt from Chapter XVII
    A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII

Press release

A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters was produced over a four-year period (2008-11), during which the artist, Taryn Simon, travelled around 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.

The subjects documented by Simon include feuding families in Brazil, victims of genocide in Bosnia, the body double of Saddam Hussein's son Uday, 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…