Taryn Simon’s “Paperwork and the Will of Capital” and Kerry’s Chrysanthemums

Taryn Simon, who has work in the permanent collection of the High Museum, has a recent project called "Paperwork and the Will of Capital" currently on view at Gagosian in New York through March 26th.

Simply, the photographs from Simon's project represent "bouquets that sat on the tables where world leaders were brokering deals". (From a thumbnail review from the New Yorker.)

taryn_simon_gagosian2"Memorandum of Understanding between the Royal Government of Cambodia and the Government of Australia Relating to the Settlement of Refugees in Cambodia. Ministry of Interior, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, September 26, 2014" - Taryn Simon
One of photography's greatest strengths is the ability to slowly and quietly remake the ways in which you see the world. I recognized that my perception had shifted this weekend, when I came across this photograph of John Kerry meeting with King Salman of Saudi Arabia on Friday.


After learning of Simon's work, it's hard to not focus on the arrangement of Chrysanthemums in the foreground. How they're arranged into a "T", of sorts, and are being used to obscure two portable electronic screens, and their probable power cords.

Zoom in, enhance!


Through the magic of Google, it's interesting to see what other flower arrangements have been privy to Kerry's previous meetings with King Salman.

20151024_KerryU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets with King Salman of Saudi Arabia in Diriyah Farm, Saudi Arabia, October 24, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

20160123_KerrySecretary Kerry, Ambassador Westphal Sit With Saudi Arabia King Salman at Outset of Bilateral Meeting at Diriyah Farm in Riyadh, January 23, 2016

201505_KerryU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Saudi Arabia's King Salman on May 7, 2015. Photo courtesy U.S. State Department

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