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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Taryn Simon: An American Index

Mar 2 – May 30, 2021
Gl Strandvej 13, 3050 Humlebæk, Denmark

The New York-based artist Taryn Simon has long explored the relationship between individuals and the state. “I’m most interested in looking at the paperwork of power,” she once said. “Where are the boundaries in terms of what the public or myself can access or do within those limitations?” At first glance her work may seem innocently everyday, but the messages within her photographs and displays are highly sociological and political. For this series, Simon has considered a new question: What are the underlying norms and turning wheels that keep the U.S. functioning? In answer, here is a series of photographs in which each one captures a facet of the country’s infrastructure. —E.C.

Taryn Simon, “An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar,” 2007 © Taryn Simon. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.

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