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An Occupation of Loss

€48,00 EUR

by Taryn Simon



In her monograph, An Occupation of Loss, artist Taryn Simon creates a detailed record of her years researching professional mourning, which culminated in a seminal performance at the Park Avenue Armory in 2016. During the installation, professional mourners from around the world simultaneously broadcast their lamentations within a monumental sculptural setting, enacting rituals of grief. The installation combined performance, sound, and architecture to consider the anatomy of grief and the intricate systems we use to manage fate and uncertainty.

The book leads the reader through the complicated visa application process for the mourners invited to enter the United States, revealing the underlying structures governing global exchange, the movement of bodies, and the hierarchies of art and culture.

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Dimensions 15 x 27 cm 5.9 x 10.6 in
Language English
Publisher Hatje Cantz
Contributors Homi K. Bhabha
Pages 220
ISBN 978-3775743198
Publication Date 2017


Taryn Simon

Taryn Simon directs our attention to familiar systems of organization—bloodlines, circulating picture collections, criminal investigations, mourning rituals, ceremonial flower arrangements—making visible the contours of power and authority hidden within them.

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