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Taryn Simon, New York

Taryn Simon contraband

Oxalis tuberosa, Peru (prohibited)

Taryn Simon was born in New York in 1975. Simon’s photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo shows at: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum Fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. She is a graduate of Brown University and a Guggenheim Fellow. Simon has been a visiting artist at Yale University, Bard College, Harvard University and Columbia University. Her photography and writing have been featured in numerous publications and broadcasts including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, CNN, BBC and Frontline. Steidl recently published Simon’s book Contraband which includes photographs taken at both the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Federal Inspection site and the U.S. Postal Service International Mail Facility at John F. Kennedy International Airport. From November 16th 2009 to November 20th 2009, Simon remained on site at JFK and continuously photographed items detained or seized from passengers and express mail entering the United States from abroad. Simon has an upcoming show at Gagosian Gallery (Beverly Hills, CA) September 22- November 6, 2010.

Taryn Simon contraband

DVDs (Lost, Season 4. pirated)

Taryn Simon contraband

Mixed fruits, Africa (prohibited)

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Herion, India (illegal)

Taryn Simon contraband

Guinea pigs, Ecuador (prohibited)

Taryn Simon contraband

Dry khat, Kenya (illegal)

Taryn Simon contraband

African mask (evidence of wood-burrowing insect, prohibited)

Taryn Simon contraband

Pharmaceutical pills, Pakistan (prohibited, pending tests)

Taryn Simon contraband

Gold dust, India (undeclared)

Taryn Simon contraband

Cow-dung toothpaste, India (mad cow, foot-and-mouth diseases; prohibited)