Taryn Simon’s dispassionate way of re-inserting the deaths, the disappearances, the feuds, the erasure of certain family members into their own bloodlines lies somewhere between clinical research and a plea. It’s as though the clinical way she presents her work allows us to see and absorb the chaos it depicts without being overwhelmed. So that by the time you’ve experienced each chapter, and the layers of violence/chaos/disappearances it addresses, you’ve absorbed and witnessed every possible conflict that would cause someone not to exist on paper anymore.
We all have gaps in our bloodlines, stories we don’t tell, faces we prefer to forget, names we don’t pronounce or even know within our bloodlines - this is where disorder meets the order of a bloodline. Beautiful. (click title to watch her TED talk)