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Taryn Simon, Cigarettes, Shuangxi, China (prohibited) (Detail) Cigarettes & Tobacco (Abandoned/Illegal/Prohibited), Contraband, 2010 Archival inkjet print 15.9 x 15.9 cm © Taryn Simon. Courtesy Gagosian and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Taryn Simon: Contraband
  • Chelsea Hopper


11 May 2019
Anna Schwartz Gallery 2 Apr - 1 Jun 2019

In late November 2009, American artist Taryn Simon photographed objects detained or seized from airline passengers and express mail entering the U.S. from abroad. To do so, Simon spent five days, 24 hours per day at both the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Federal Inspection Site and the U.S. Postal Service International Mail Facility, both located at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York.

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