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Taryn Simon: Paperwork and the Will of Capital
Simon is perhaps the preeminent conceptual photographer of her generation, one who not only takes pictures but also addresses the role of images in shaping personal and political history. Most of the wrongful convictions hinged on mistaken identifications, often arising from photographs. Since then, the artist has applied her eye and research skills to such subjects as the hidden recesses of power in American life, and objects detained or confiscated from airplane passengers as contraband. The bouquets in her new series are based on floral displays present at the formal signings of dozens of agreements between nations and other dominions. Using archival sources, Simon worked with a botanist to identify the various species in each bouquet.
To purchase this item directly from our New York Shop, please send us an email or call us at the number below. Texts by Daniel E. The economist and investigative journalist Nicholas Kulish discusses the shakeable world order since , as seen by Simon in her body of work, and the botanist Daniel Atha looks at adaptation and survival in the plant world as a mirror for human political action. A short story by the fiction writer Hanan Al-Shayk winds in and around the work, extending and contextualizing its meaning. Her methodology, often scarcely visible in the final product, is a valuable resources that should be explored in itself. This vibrantly illustrated publication is an essential accompaniment to the work.
Paperwork and the Will of Capital
These flowers sat between powerful men as they signed agreements designed to influence the fate of the world. The new series comprises twelve unique sculptures and thirty-six editioned photographs. The photographs—large, colorful, and spectacular, with a nod to Pop art, and custom-framed in mahogany to emulate the style of boardroom furniture—speak to the bombast of national and corporate symbolism; the sculptures—stylized concrete flower-presses containing delicate preserved floral specimens and their documentation—operate in a discrete and classified zone. Simon takes empirical photography into the field of post-conceptual practice, with exacting attention to aesthetic and formal concerns. In Paperwork and the Will of Capital , Simon examines accords, treaties, and decrees drafted to influence systems of governance and economics, from nuclear armament to oil deals and diamond trading. In images of the signings of these documents, powerful men flank floral centerpieces designed to underscore the importance of the parties present.