Rear Views, A Star-Forming Nebula, and the Department of Foreign Propaganda is a beautiful and uniquely designed survey of the works of Taryn Simon. Documenting her key projects since 2002, this publication also includes texts on the artist’s work from a range of international contributors and an introduction from Simon Baker, Curator of Photography and International Art, Tate.
Published in close collaboration with the artist, this publication is the first to draw together Taryn Simon’s diverse and complex range of projects, produced since 2002. With new and published essays by amongst others Salman Rushdie, Homi Bhabha, Daniel Baumann, Tim Griffin, Tina Kuklieski, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Elisabeth Sussman. With an introduction by Simon Baker, Curator of Photography at Tate Modern
The work of Taryn Simon (b. 1975) results from rigorous research guided by an interest in systems of categorization and the precarious nature of survival. A multidisciplinary artist who has worked in photography, text, sculpture, and performance, Simon turns our attention to the margins of power, where control, disruption, and the contours of its constructedness become visible. She 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.