Anna Madeleine

Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead, Tate Modern

Taryn Simon's show A Living Man Declared Dead (Tate Modern, also published as a book) was made after the artist spent 4 years travelling and researching certain story lines based on bloodlines and family trees, where "the external forces of territory, power, circumstance or religion collide with the internal forces of psychological and physical inheritance". It is produced as a series of 18 'chapters', each made up of a linear series of portraits (or empty portrait where the subject was unavailable to be photographed), as well as a written description of the narrative or circumstance, and related documents or photographs. Very interestingly set out in a journalistic and diagrammatic way, mapping systems, codes and relationships throughout history, both personal and political.