“One of the leading artists to understand our moment in history.”
— Interview Magazine
Taryn Simon is an enigmatic and groundbreaking artist working in photography, video, text, sculpture, and performance. Her practice involves rigorous research and investigation into the power and structure of secrecy and the precarious nature of survival. Often highlighting moments of collapse in authority and seemingly functional systems, she underscores our operational and emotional vulnerabilities.
Simon continues to challenge the limits of this exploration in a new work that blurs the lines between audience, performer, performance, and reality. Commissioned and produced by the Armory, Simon directs and designs a performance that is self-orchestrated by the audience through their collective presence, absence, and movement throughout the space. At once intensely solitary and somberly communal, the work blends performance, sound, and architecture, mapping the ways in which grief is programmed.
Artistic Concept and Direction: Taryn Simon
Installation Design and Architecture: Taryn Simon in collaboration with Shohei Shigematsu/OMA
Lighting Design: Urs Schönebaum
Commissioned by Park Avenue Armory and Artangel.
Taryn Simon is also supported in part by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Image: Taryn Simon.
Wade Thompson Drill Hall
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