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It would be fair to say that, for many non-American art lovers, U.S. artist Taryn Simon's depictions of her country are perhaps not unfamiliar.Through these photographs, the artist seeks to reverse the colonial gaze and subvert official representations of the rest of the world that U.S. foreign policy adopted after 9/11, and the tragic series of events that came in its wake. The artist reveals serious issues that arise from constructing an image of "America" in the U.S. and global consciousness.Simon has also photographed the white cube – the industry standard for fine art exhibition – with two works by post-World War II U.S. artist Thomas Downing.The U.S. artist, on the other hand, was portrayed as an individualist, who transcended politics to create art that is original and experienced like a "revelation".The best known of these is U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
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