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Impossibly good: already on show at the Tate Modern (and coming to the MoMA New York next year) Taryn Simon’s new series A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters will open at the Neue Nationalgalerie tomorrow night.

We couldn’t put it any more concise than Taryn’s own description: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters was produced over a four-year period (2008-11), during which 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.

While we will have some more news here on Taryn very soon indeed, in the meantime you really should go see the exhibition, bring a lot of time, it’s amazing.

Taryn Simon
A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters

September 22 until January 01, 2012

Neue Nationalgalerie
Potsdamer Strasse 50
10785 Berlin

Photography by Taryn Simon

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  1. here & now › MONO.KLUB #35: TARYN SIMON on Friday, September 23, 2011 at 15:22

    [...] American photographer Taryn Simon just having opened her new and breathtaking exhibition A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters at the venerable Neue Nationalgalerie, we really could not miss the opportunity to invite our cover [...]