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Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I-XVIII
2013.10.15 - 2014.1.5
Long Gallery and Nave
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Taryn Simon’s (b. 1975, New York) most extensive exhibition in China to date represents the culmination of four years (2008-2011) of extensive research into 18 bloodlines and their individual stories, which took Simon across the globe. This is Simon’s largest exhibition in Asia to date.

In each of the work’s eighteen chapters, the external forces of territory, power, circumstance, or religion collide with the internal forces of psychological and physical inheritance. Subjects span a wide range of topics and social relations: the titular Indian man whose relatives had him declared dead in official records to inherit his father’s land; victims of the Bosnian Genocide, represented by the bones used to identify them; a group of Ukrainian orphans, united by their lack of discernible bloodline; and laboratory-bred rabbits in Australia used to test the efficacy of a virus designed to eliminate their invasive presence. Absent members are represented by blank portraits with captions listing the reason, covering everything from fear of abduction, imprisonment to Dengue Fever.

This exhibition comes to UCCA and to China after a series of shows in major institutions around the globe, including MoMA, MOCA Los Angeles, Tate Modern, Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

For more information, please read the “Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I-XVIII” press release.

Excerpt from Chapter XV, A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I-XVIII
  • 17. Zhang, Jing, 27 July 1975. Homemaker. Qingdao, China
  • 18. Ma, Yucheng, 06 Sept. 2009. Qingdao, China
  • © Taryn Simon. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.
Works in the Exhibition
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    • Excerpt from Chapter XVI, A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII
    • 7. Bakari, Mzawa Iddi, 25 Sept. 1966. Women’s division chairperson, Tanzania Albino Society/personal secretary, General Military Hospital. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
    • 8. Omari, Wahida Abdillah, 08 May 1990. Student. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
    • 9. Omari, Tahiya Abdillah, 21 May 1997. Student. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
    • 10. Omari, Abdulrahim Abdillah, 23 Feb. 2002. Student. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
    • 2011
    • Courtesy Gagosian Gallery
    • Excerpt from Chapter VI, A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII
    • VI, B
    • 15. No. 337, 28 Mar. 2009. Inglewood, Queensland, Australia.
    • 16. No. 338, 28 Mar. 2009. Inglewood, Queensland, Australia. 2011
    • Courtesy Gagosian Gallery
    • Excerpt from Chapter VII, A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII
    • 1. Nukic, Nezir, 1928 (exact birth date unknown). Forester and road builder. Zivinice, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
    • 2. Mehic, Zumra, 09 Dec. 1950. Homemaker. Kladanj, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
    • 3. Mehic, Bajazit, 16 Sept. 1972 – 11 July 1995. Mortal remains, International Commission on Missing Persons, Podrinje Identification Project. Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
    • 4. Mehic, Ahmedin, 16 Feb. 1974 – 12 July 1995. Tooth sample used for DNA matching, International Commission on Missing Persons. Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial and Cemetery, Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
    • 2011
    • Courtesy Gagosian Gallery
    • Excerpt from Chapter XI, A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII
    • c. Official Adolf Hitler postage stamp and Hans Frank imitation stamp. The Hitler stamp was printed in 1941 for the second anniversary of the founding of the Generalgouvernement and was in circulation until the end of the Second World War. A replica of the Hitler stamp, with Frank’s image, was produced by British intelligence and released in Poland to provoke friction between Frank and Hitler. Henry Gitner Philatelists, Inc., New York.
    • e. Leonardo da Vinci’s Lady with an Ermine, taken by German troops from the Czartoryski collection during the Second World War. It hung in the Wawel apartment of Hans Frank and was later brought to his family home, Schoberhof. After Frank’s arrest, the painting was returned to the Czartoryski Museum, where it now hangs across from the empty frame for Raphael’s missing Portrait of a Youth. Czartoryski Museum, Krakow.
    • f. Rembrandt’s Landscape with the Good Samaritan, taken by German troops from the Czartoryski collection during the Second World War. One of only eight oil landscapes painted by the artist, it was returned to the Czartoryski Museum upon Frank’s arrest. Czartoryski Museum, Krakow.
    • 7. Frank, Norman, 06 Mar. 1928. Bavarian television facilities director (retired). Schliersee, Germany.
    • 8. MJK, 24 May 1958. (Information withheld). [Sent clothing as representation]
    • 2011
    • Courtesy Gagosian Gallery
    • Excerpt from Chapter XV, A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII
    • b. Gift bag from the State Council Information Office (SCIO). Product of the SCIO, Beijing.
    • a. China Central Television Tower, selected by the State Council Information Office to be photographed for this work. Beijing.
    • 2011
    • Courtesy Gagosian Gallery
    • Excerpt from Chapter XV, A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII
    • 1. Su, Qijian, 19 Nov. 1926. Administrator (retired), Ministry of Railways. Beijing, China.
    • 17. Zhang, Jing, 27 July 1975. Homemaker. Qingdao, China.
    • 18. Ma, Yucheng, 06 Sept. 2009. Qingdao, China.
    • 19. Zhang, Qun, 27 Mar. 1979. Advertising designer, Beijing Gotwin Culture Communicate Limit Company. Beijing, China.
    • 2011
    • Courtesy Gagosian Gallery
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