Anibal Gonzalez, An Occupation of Loss, Park Avenue Armory, New York (2016). Photo by Taryn Simon

Taryn Simon: An Occupation of Loss at Artangel, London, United Kingdom.

On view April 17 through April 28, 2018.

Within a monumental setting, Taryn Simon’s An Occupation of Loss combines performance, sound, and architecture to consider the anatomy of grief and the intricate systems we use to manage the abstract certainty of death.

Each night, professional mourners simultaneously broadcast their lamentations, enacting rituals of grief. Their sonic mourning is performed in recitations that include northern Albanian laments, which seek to excavate “uncried words;” Venezuelan laments, which safeguard the soul’s passage to the Milky Way; Greek Epirotic laments, which bind the story of a life with its afterlife; and Yezidi laments, which map a topography of displacement and exile.

Commissioned by Park Avenue Armory and Artangel

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"Taryn Simon's An Occupation of Loss"
Park Avenue Armory
September 13, 2016