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(Fragment) Larry Mayes Scene of arrest. The Royal Inn, Gary, Indiana. 2002

Taryn Simon in Moscow 0

Taryn Simon. Photographs and Texts
Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
January 20 – February 19, 2012

The works of photographer Taryn Simon (1975) can be found in the collections of MoMa (New York), the Pompidou Center (Paris), the Tate Modern and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London). Simon is internationally represented by the art dealer and owner of the Gagosian Galleries, Larry Gagosian.

Simon's four series of photographs – The Innocents (2002), Nonfiction (2003–2005), An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar (2007) and Contraband (2010) – have come to the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow.

The artist has managed to open the doors of organizations that aren't exactly famous for their openness, such as the Church of Scientology. Simon gained recognition in 2007 with her photo book, An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar. The photographs surprised in the way that they revealed a cross-section of the world's taboos through the medium of aesthetic documentary. Simon was allowed into places where most people are barred access, from nuclear waste storage facilities in Washington State to locked-away art collections kept by the CIA.

Nuclear Waste Encapsulation and Storage Facility, Cherenkov Radiation, Hanford Site, U.S. Department of Energy, Southeastern Washington State, 2005/2007 © 2007 Taryn Simon / Courtesy Steidl / Gagosian

Larry Mayes Scene of arrest, The Royal Inn, Gary, Indiana. 2002 © Taryn Simon. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery

The exhibition will travel next to the Helsinki Art Museum in Finland, where it will be on display from March 9 through the middle of May.

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