Taryn Simon: Contraband

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Photographs documenting illegal objects, smuggled goods, and contraband

Taryn Simon (*1975) is an American artist whose works combine photography, text, and graphic design. Her practice involves extensive research, in projects guided by an interest in systems of categorization and classification. In Contraband, 1,075 photographs were 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, New York.

From November 16, 2009, through November 20th, 2009, Taryn Simon remained on site and continuously photographed items detained or seized from passengers and express mail entering the United States from abroad. The list of items include: pork, syringes, Botox, GBL date rape drug, heroin, imitation Lipitor, Ketamine tranquillizers, Lidocaine, Lorazepam, locust tree seed, ginger root, deer tongues, cow urine, Cohiba cigars, Egyptian cigarettes.

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title

Contraband

photographer

Taryn Simon

text

Hans Ulrich Obrist

design

Joseph Logan, Taryn Simon

publisher

Hatje Cantz

ISBN

9783775739719

year

2015

binding

Softcover

size

17.8 x 23.9 cm

pages

496

illustrations

1090

language

English

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