Taryn Simon (born February 4, 1975) is an American multidisciplinary artist who has worked in photography, text, sculpture, and performance.
Her work results from rigorous research guided by an interest in systems of categorization and the precarious nature of survival. Simon reveals the imperceptible space between language and the visual world—a space in which multiple truths and fantasies are constructed, and where translation and disorientation occur. The technical, physical, and aesthetic realization of her projects often reflects the control and authority that are the very subject of her work. Invoking the form of the archive, Simon imposes the illusion of order on the chaotic and indeterminate nature of her subjects.
Her work was included in the 56th Venice Biennale (2015). Simon’s installation, An Occupation of Loss (2016), co-commissioned by the Park Avenue Armory and Artangel, premiered in New York in 2016. The sculpture will be installed in an outdoor space in London in 2017. Simon is a Guggenheim Fellow. She lives and works in New York City.