Boon

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An immersive installation comprised of a sculptural intervention, a sound installation, and a photographic collage, with each element referencing the Detroit-based Simpson’s Record Shop. Expanding on Syms’ interest in black-owned businesses as sites of interdependence and self-determination, the work highlights the Simpson’s Record Shop as one such business. Boon pays tribute to the enterprise and creative energy with which Dorothy Simpson ran the record store, a center of the local community’s cultural, social, and economic life and gathering spot for its residents, from 1966 until 2018.

The Secession presentation of BOON is accompanied by an artist's book that extends the artist's engagement with visual culture and the life of the image. Referencing the walls at Simpson’s Record Shop in Detroit (the subject of her exhibition at the Secession), which the owner Dorothy Simpson covered in photographs brought in by neighbors and community members, the book is composed of found photographs, many of them taken by the author’s father. The book considers the two lives of the photographs: first with the original photographer, and then with the artist, and how they form not a collection of sediments for the archive, but active, rendered thought.


Boon, 2019 Installation View at Vienna Secession

2018 Ringier Annual Report, 2019

Boon, 2019 Installation View at Vienna Secession

2018 Ringier Annual Report, 2019

Boon, 2019 Catalog from Vienna Secession

2018 Ringier Annual Report, 2019