Taryn Simon An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar
13 Sept ~ 11 Nov 2007
This exhibition is the first UK showing of Taryn Simon’s latest project, An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, a culmination of four years extensive research and documenting of the unseen and inaccessible hidden below the surface of national identity.
For this project Simon assumes the dual role of shrewd informant and collector of curiosities, compiling an inventory of what lies inaccessible, hidden and out-of-view within the borders of the United States. She examines a culture through careful documentation of diverse subjects from across the realms of science, government, medicine, entertainment, nature, security, and religion. Transforming the unknown into a seductive and intelligible form, Simon confronts the divide between those with and without the privilege of access.
Taryn Simon's elegant but unsentimental images identify her as a central figure within a new generation of American photographers.
This exhibition continues the Gallery’s commitment to showcasing new talent and highlighting the best of international photographic practice to audiences in the UK.
An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar by Taryn Simon is a collaboration with the Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK), Frankfurt/Main, Germany.
The publication An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, is published by Steidl and will be available from the Gallery Bookshop. It includes a forword by Salman Rushdie, introduction by Elizabeth Sussman and Tina Kukielski and commentary by Ronald Dworkin.