Taryn Simon

Paperwork and the Will of Capital


Brussels

Opening on Thursday, September 8th, 2016
from 5 to 9 pm

  • , Classified “ Spare Parts ” deal. Oval Office, White House, Washington, D.C., United States, May 16, 1975, 2015
    Archival inkjet print and text on archival herbarium paper in mahogany frame
    215,9 x 186,1 x 7 cm (framed) 85 x 73 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches (framed)
  • , Agreement Establishing the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation. Al-Bayan Palace, Kuwait City, Kuwait, May 30, 2006, 2015
    Archival inkjet print and text on archival herbarium paper in mahogany frame
    215,9 x 186,1 x 7 cm (framed) 85 x 73 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches (framed)
  • , Gdansk Agreement. Gdansk Shipyards, Gdansk, Poland, August 31, 1980, 2015
    Archival inkjet print and text on archival herbarium paper in mahogany frame
    215,9 x 186,1 x 7 cm (framed) 85 x 73 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches (framed)
  • , Cairo Communiqué on International Cooperation for the Protection and Repatriation of Cultural Heritage, Cairo, Egypt, April 8, 2010, 2015
    Archival inkjet print and text on archival herbarium paper in mahogany frame
    215,9 x 186,1 x 7 cm (framed) 85 x 73 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches (framed)
  • , Finding Pursuant to Section 662 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as Amended, Concerning Operations in Foreign Countries Other than Those Intended Solely for the Purpose of Intelligence Collection. White House, Washington, D.C., United States, 1981, 2015
    Archival inkjet print and text on archival herbarium paper in mahogany frame
    215,9 x 186,1 x 7 cm (framed) 85 x 73 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches (framed)
  • , Thirty-year natural gas contract between Gazprom and China National Petroleum Corporation. Shanghai, China, May 21, 2014, 2015
    Archival inkjet print and text on archival herbarium paper in mahogany frame
    215,9 x 186,1 x 7 cm (framed) 85 x 73 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches (framed)
  • , Diamond trade agreement between De Beers and Almazy Rossii-Sakha. President Hotel, Moscow, Russia, October 21, 1997, 2015
    Archival inkjet print and text on archival herbarium paper in mahogany frame
    215,9 x 186,1 x 7 cm (framed) 85 x 73 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches (framed)
  • , Comprehensive claims settlement agreement between Libya and the United States. Tripoli, Libya, August 14, 2008
    Archival inkjet print and text on archival herbarium paper in mahogany frame
    215,9 x 186,1 x 7 cm (framed) 85 x 73 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches (framed)
  • , Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). Marrakesh, Morocco, April 15, 1994, 2015
    Archival inkjet print and text on archival herbarium paper in mahogany frame
    215,9 x 186,1 x 7 cm (framed) 85 x 73 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches (framed)
  • , Finance package for the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline. Baku, Azerbaijan, February 3, 2004, 2015
    Archival inkjet print and text on archival herbarium paper in mahogany frame
    215,9 x 186,1 x 7 cm (framed) 85 x 73 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches (framed)
  • , Agreement between Switzerland and the United States of America for Cooperation to Facilitate the Implementation of FATCA. Bern, Switzerland, February 14, 2013, 2015
    Archival inkjet print and text on archival herbarium paper in mahogany frame
    215,9 x 186,1 x 7 cm (framed) 85 x 73 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches (framed)
  • , Framework agreement for economic cooperation. Quito, Ecuador, January 12, 2012, 2015
    Archival inkjet print and text on archival herbarium paper in mahogany frame
    215,9 x 186,1 x 7 cm (framed) 85 x 73 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches (framed)
  • , Comprehensive Cooperation Agreement. Caracas, Venezuela, October 30, 2000, 2015
    Archival inkjet print and text on archival herbarium paper in mahogany frame
    215,9 x 186,1 x 7 cm (framed) 85 x 73 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches (framed)

Press release

Almine Rech Gallery is pleased to announce American artist Taryn Simon's sixth solo exhibition with the gallery. Simon will present for the first time in Belgium her series Paperwork and the Will of Capital. The exhibition will be comprised of large-scale color photographs and sculptures—the artist's first foray into the medium, which were debuted at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. 

In her work, Simon combines photography, text, and graphic design, in conceptual projects addressing the production and circulation of knowledge, and the politics of representation. For this latest project, Simon explores the stagecraft of power, examining agreements, contracts, treaties, and decrees drafted to influence systems of governance and economics, from nuclear armement to oil deals and diamond trading.