The US Studies Centre was proud to sponsor An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, an exhibition of Taryn Simon's work, organised by the Institute of Modern Art (IMA), Brisbane.

Inspired by rumours of WMDs and secret sites in Iraq, Taryn Simon decided to address secret sites in her own country. For An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar (2006), she photographed hidden places and things within America's borders. In examining what is integral to America's foundation, mythology, and daily functioning, the Index provides a surprising map to the American mindset.