Paperwork and the Will of Capital by Taryn Simon — Tipi Photo BookshopIn signings of political accords, contracts, treaties, and decrees, powerful men flank floral centerpieces curated to convey the importance of the signatories and the institutions they represent. Photographs of the recreated centerpieces from these signings, together with their stories, underscore how the stagecraft of political and economic power is created, performed, marketed, and maintained. For the recreations, the flowers present at each signing were identified from archival sources by a botanist. An impossible bouquet is a man-made fantasy of flowers that could never bloom naturally in the same season and geographic location—now made possible by the global consumer market. Thirty-six floral centerpieces were photographed against background and foreground colors, keyed by the original decor of the historic ceremonies. For the sculptures, the thirty-six centerpieces were assembled and photographed twelve times; the unique photographs were fixed to typeset sheets of herbarium paper. Specimens from each were dried, pressed, and sewn to an equal number of sheets of the same paper.
These flowers sat between powerful men as they signed agreements designed to influence the fate of the world. The new series comprises twelve unique sculptures and thirty-six editioned photographs. The photographs—large, colorful, and spectacular, with a nod to Pop art, and custom-framed in mahogany to emulate the style of boardroom furniture—speak to the bombast of national and corporate symbolism; the sculptures—stylized concrete flower-presses containing delicate preserved floral specimens and their documentation—operate in a discrete and classified zone. Simon takes empirical photography into the field of post-conceptual practice, with exacting attention to aesthetic and formal concerns. In Paperwork and the Will of Capital , Simon examines accords, treaties, and decrees drafted to influence systems of governance and economics, from nuclear armament to oil deals and diamond trading. In images of the signings of these documents, powerful men flank floral centerpieces designed to underscore the importance of the parties present. Then, the impossible bouquet was an artificial fantasy of flowers that could never bloom naturally in the same season and geographic location.
What's New? New Bestsellers Trade Academic D. Catalog D. Publishers D. Simon noticed the ubiquity of floral displays at these occasions. To refocus attention on the workings of power at these signings, she took an oblique approach: a re-creation of the flower arrangements. The flowers were originally a decorative note, a reflex to signal the importance of the occasion.
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