An Occupation of Loss.
Photographs by Taryn Simon. Edited by Andrea Rollefson.
Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, Germany, 2017. 240 pp., 175 illustrations, 6x10¾x10¾".

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Taryn Simon on the public handling of death and loss--its rituals, politics and contradictions

Professional mourners from different cultural circles strike up dirges simultaneously in Taryn Simon’s most recent installation, An Occupation of Loss; viewers are directly confronted with these performances. The artist not only addresses the public handling of death and loss, but also the tension between artificial and genuine emotion. Assisted by scientists, Simon systematically investigated the marginalized practices of these grief rituals and initiated the performers’ travels; however, some of them were refused entry into the country. The documentation of the immigration procedure is also part of the work.

This artist’s book extensively documents Taryn Simon’s careful research, tracing the entire project. After its premiere in New York, in the summer of 2017, the Artangel production company will mount An Occupation of Loss in London’s Docklands.

Watch the 360° video of An Occupation of Loss by the New York Times:

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