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Taryn Simon opens a new exhibit at the Tate Modern You probably remember Taryn Simon's previous work, Contraband, which included 1,075 photos of items seized from passengers entering the United States. And now, Simon has opened a new show at the Tate Modern. For four years, Simon chronicled 18 generational histories using images and text. "From feuding families in Brazil to victims of genocide in Bosnia, and human exhibitions in the United States to the living dead in India, Simon forms a collection that maps the relationships among chance, blood and other components of fate. Simon’s presentation explores the struggle to determine patterns embedded in the narratives she documents." A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters, is currently on display at the Tate Modern until November 6 2011. MACK has also produced a book to accompany the work. Image via: The Guardian
confirms today that people are absolute freaks. Photographer Taryn Simon, shot a set of 1,075 photos of detained or seized contraband from passengers or mail entering the US at the New York Kennedy airport. From Louis Vuitton handbags to guinea pigs to a bag of lard, "Contraband" is a beautiful display of how weird we are as people. The selection of photos will be shown as an exhibition and turned into a book. "The miscellany of prohibited objects — from the everyday to the illegal to the just plain odd — attests to a growing worldwide traffic in counterfeit goods and natural exotica and offers a snapshot of the United States as seen through its illicit material needs and desires, " The New York Times says. It must be a gross, disgusting, and always entertaining job for whoever has to go through this stuff regularly.