Taryn Simon at Institute of Modern Art

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Tuesday 11 August 2009.

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Brisbane is in for a bit of a treat when Taryn Simon's An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar comes on show later this year.

Simon spent four years photographing hidden places and things within America’s borders. Her subjects range across realms of science, government, medicine, entertainment, nature, security, and religion, and include glowing capsules in an underwater nuclear-waste storage facility, a braille edition of Playboy, a death-row exercise yard, an inbred tiger, corpses rotting in a ‘forensic park’, and a Scientology screening room. Geoffrey Batchen described the project as ‘an ethnography of the American psyche rendered through an obsessive documentation of its repressed places’.

Check out some of the works in the Exhibition Calendar:
An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar at IMA

Simons will be talking in Brisbane and Sydney.