Contraband

Simon, Taryn
Publisher: Steidl/Gagosian
Binding: Softcover
Language: English
Pages: 480
Measurements: 17.00 x 24.00 cm

First edition, first printing. Soft cover, with printed dust jacket. Photographs by Taryn Simon. Text by Hans Ulrich Obrist. Includes an index. Designed by Joseph Logan and Taryn Simon. 500 pp., with 1075 four-color plates finely printed in Germany by Steidl, Göttingen. 9-3/8 x 7 inches. Published on the occasion of an exhibition at Gagosian Gallery. From the publisher: “Taryn Simon lived in John F. Kennedy International Airport from November 16 through November 20, 2009. JFK processes more international passengers than any other airport in the United States. Contraband includes photographs taken 24 hours a day of over 1000 items detained or seized from passengers and express mail entering the U.S. from abroad. Over five days, in both the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Federal Inspection Site and the U.S. Postal Service International Mail Facility, Simon documented items including counterfeit American Express travelers checks, overproof Jamaican rum, heroin, a dead hawk, an illegal Mexican passport, deer penis, purses made from endangered species, Cuban cigars, counterfeit Disney DVDs, khat, gold dust, GHB (date rape drug) concealed as house cleaner, cow manure tooth powder, counterfeit Louis Vuitton bags, prohibited sausage, undeclared jewelry, steroids and an ostrich egg.”

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