Taryn Simon Finance package for the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline. Baku, Azerbaijan, February 3, 2004, Paperwork and the Will of Capital, 2015 Archival inkjet print and text on archival herbarium paper in mahogany frame 85 × 73 1/4 × 2 3/4 inches (215.9 × 186.1 × 7 cm) Edition of 3 + 2 APs © Taryn Simon
Taryn Simon Finance package for the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline. Baku, Azerbaijan, February 3, 2004, Paperwork and the Will of Capital, 2015 Archival inkjet print and text on archival herbarium paper in mahogany frame 85 × 73 1/4 × 2 3/4 inches (215.9 × 186.1 × 7 cm) Edition of 3 + 2 APs © Taryn Simon 

TARYN SIMON - PAPERWORK AND THE WILL OF CAPITAL

27/02/2018 - 19/05/2018

Gagosian Athens 
3 Merlin Street 
 
10671 Athens

www.gagosian.com   

 
These flowers sat between powerful men as they signed agreements designed to influence the fate of the world.
—Taryn Simon

Gagosian Athens presents large-scale photographs from the series Paperwork and the Will of Capital by Taryn Simon (2015).
Simon considers the stagecraft of power via the accords, treaties, and decrees drafted to influence systems of governance and economics, from nuclear armament to banking conventions and diamond trading. All involve the countries present at the 1944 United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, which addressed the globalization of economics after World War II, leading to the establishment of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. In archival images of the signings of these documents, powerful men flank flower arrangements; Simon recreated and photographed these arrangements, pairing them with texts that explain each event, underscoring the ways in which power is created, performed, marketed, and maintained.