Taryn Simon

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

“[Taryn] Simon is a difficult artist, not because she deals with difficult subjects, but because her work resists the kinds of ambiguity so often inherent to the photographic image. She refuses to let her photographs float free of either their origins or destinations. For, as if in response to what Benjamin characterized as the absent-minded public examination common to much mass-circulation imagery, Simon expects her audience to work hard—offering many registers of material and a mass of accumulated detail, both visual and textual—as much to negate the ever-increasingly fast flow of images as to account for its existence and counteract its effects.” Simon Baker