“A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters was produced over a four-year period (2008-11), during which Simon travelled around the world researching and recording bloodlines and their related stories. In each of the eighteen ‘chapters’ that make up the work, the external forces of territory, power, circumstance or religion collide with the internal forces of psychological and physical inheritance. The subjects documented by Simon include feuding families in Brazil, victims of genocide in Bosnia, the body double of Saddam Hussein’s son Uday, and the living dead in India. Her collection is at once cohesive and arbitrary, mapping the relationships among chance, blood, and other components of fate.” via [Tate Modern]
I saw this at the Tate Modern yesterday. The exhibition was beautiful and powerful. At times the stories behind the images were humorous and enlightening. More often than not, the voids in each chapter revealed the tragic viewpoints of someone else’s world.