The 50 Most Iconic Artworks of the Past Five Years

40. Contraband by Taryn Simon, 2009

Taryn Simon's well-known work Contraband features 1,075 photographs taken at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Federal Inspection Site and the U.S. Postal Service International Mail Facility at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. They were taken over a span of five days and five nights in November 2009, where Simon photographed all objects confiscated by TSA and Airport security. Items ranged from narcotics to apples and animal skeletons. They provided, according to the artist, "a look at an attempt to control what is considered threatening to economies, to personal safety, and to a nation."

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