The Getty Center
Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Past Event

For photographer Taryn Simon, taking pictures represents just a small portion of her painstaking process of research and preparation. For her current project, A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters, Simon spent four years travelling around the world researching and recording stories framed by bloodlines. Using photography, text, and installation, Simon presents 18 of these stories, ranging from feuding families in Brazil to victims of genocide in Bosnia; from rabbits in Australia to the body double of Saddam Hussein's son Uday. Collectively, the chapters depict the external forces of territory, power, circumstance, and religion colliding with the internal forces of psychological and physical inheritance.

As in her previous bodies of work, An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar and Contraband, Simon gained access to worlds and stories that normally remain out of view. The result is a unique archive of images and tales that blurs boundaries among documentary photography, conceptual art, and portraiture.

At the Getty, Simon presents and discusses A Living Man Declared Dead, which has shown at Tate Modern in London, the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The work opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles on October 20, 2012.

Following her presentation, Simon discusses her work with Timothy Tangherlini, professor of cultural studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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