Sounds and Rituals of Mourning Take over the Park Avenue Armory

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The concrete tubes where professional mourners perform in Taryn Simon's "An Occupation of Loss" at the Park Avenue Armory.

American multimedia artist Taryn Simon has been researching the unusual ways in which various cultures deal with grief and loss.  It’s a big idea, and it’s resulted in her biggest piece yet: An Occupation Of Loss, which opens Tuesday at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan.

Every evening, more than 30 professional mourners from various cultures — from Albanian to Yezidi — will perform amid her sculptural installation. During the days, people who walk through the installation will hear a recording of the mourners’ laments.

The exhibit and performances run through Sept. 25.

 

This the the list of Artists/Mourners and their country of origin:

Mrikë Nokaj, Albania

Amar Ozmanyan, Armenia

Aziz Tamoyan, Armenia

Kalash Tossouni Boudoyan, Armenia

Lala Ismayilova, Azerbaijan

Haji Rahila Jafarova, Azerbaijan

Lama Tashi Galay, Bhutan

Lama Phurba Tshering, Bhutan

Goama Marcel Nana, Burkina Faso

Paul Nana, Burkina Faso

Rasmane Nana, Burkina Faso

Yamba Nana, Burkina Faso

Pong Pon, Cambodia

Pong Rean, Cambodia

Seng Son, Cambodia

Aníbal González, Ecuador

Hanna Koduah, Ghana

Nota Kaltsouni, Greece

Vangelis Kotsos, Greece

Nikolaos Menoudakis, Greece

Alagu Adaikkan, India

Muniyammal Bose, India

Busara Azimbaeva, Kyrgyz Republic

Toktokan Chancharova, Kyrgyz Republic

Siah Anak Tutong, Malaysia

Zamfira Ludovica Mureşan, Romania

Patimat Alibekova, Russia

Zakhra Maldaeva, Russia

Ana Luisa Montiel de Fernandez, Venezuela

Marisol Rosalia Montiel Fernandez, Venezuela