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Blue Sky Days in Toronto

Blue Sky Days solo exhibition 1 – 31 May  *extended to 9 June, 2016

Nikola Rukaj Gallery
Contact Photography Festival
Toronto
Canada

 

In October 2012, a drone strike in northeast Pakistan killed a 67-year-old woman picking okra outside her house. At a briefing held in 2013 in Washington, DC, the woman’s 13-year-old grandson, Zubair Rehman, spoke to a group of five lawmakers. “I no longer love blue skies,” said Rehman, who was injured by shrapnel in the attack. “In fact, I now prefer grey skies. The drones do not fly when the skies are grey.”

With my camera attached to a small drone, I traveled across America to photograph the very sorts of gatherings that have become habitual targets for foreign air strikes—weddings, funerals and groups of people praying or exercising. I also flew my camera over settings in which drones are used to less lethal effect, such as prisons, oil fields, and the US-Mexico border. The images captured from the drone’s perspective engage with the changing nature of surveillance, personal privacy and war.

New gallery representation in New York City

  I’m pleased to announce that I’m now represented by the Anastasia Photo Gallery in New York. This news follows the acquisition of my prints by the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago (MoCP) and by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art a few months ago. Anastasia Photo is open weekly from Tuesday to Sunday, 11AM – 7PM. You can visit them at: 143 Ludlow St.…  read more.

Review: Photograph Magazine, Blue Sky Days

Photograph Magazine, a bi-monthly and online publication for photo curators, collectors, dealers and critics featured the Schoolyard image from my Blue Sky Days series in their Jan/Feb 2016 issue. Below is an excerpt from the article by Jordan G. Teicher, which is titled The Shifting Borders of Photojournalism and Fine Art Photography: “Disturbed by the lack of a visual record of America’s drone…  read more.

Publication: Mine Eats City in National Geographic

My photo story about a 400-year old Peruvian city being devoured by an open-pit mine was published on Dec. 2 by National Geographic. I spent two months in the high Andes city of Cerro de Pasco documenting the wounded land and poisoned children effected by irresponsible mining practices. The mine is run by Volcan and its local subsidiary Cerro SAC.…  read more.

Group show

To See Without Being Seen: Contemporary Art and Drone Warfare

Group exhibition featuring Blue Sky Days 29 Jan. to 24 April, 2016

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
Skinker & Forsyth Boulevards
St. Louis, MO 63130
USA

Summary:

We are in the dawn of the drone age, a turning point in history when the technology of surveillance and remote engagement is changing the way we live and understand the world. Over the past decade, the United States and other countries have increasingly resorted to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), colloquially known as drones, as part of a global network of image gathering and data collection employed to monitor collective life and target individuals. As drones redefine contemporary policing and warfare, their impact is filtering into art and visual culture, generating new investigations into issues of agency, power, visibility, technology, and fear.

To See Without Being Seen: Contemporary Art and Drone Warfare presents an international array of contemporary artworks that engage with the geopolitical aspects of drone warfare and surveillance. Comprising video, sculpture, installation, photography, and web-based projects, the artworks in this exhibition raise fundamental questions about undeclared wars, increasingly invisible and seamless military technologies, undeterred surveillance, and the amassing of data. Works by Tomas van Houtryve, James Bridle, Harun Farocki, Trevor Paglen, and Hito Steyerl, among others, offer keen deliberations on these topics.

The exhibition is cocurated by Svea Bräunert, a Berlin-based scholar in media and cultural studies, and Meredith Malone, associate curator.

CNN Publication: Paris, Elsewhere

The morning after the November 13th terrorist attacks in Paris, I anxiously walked toward the Bataclan concert hall on boulevard Voltaire. I’d spent most of the night following the news as coordinated attacks devastated civilian targets across the French capital. It was the most violent night in Paris since WWII. As I made my way from Saint Germain, past Bastille…  read more.

Group show

Watching You, Watching Me in Budapest, featuring Blue Sky Days

Group exhibition featuring Blue Sky Days, October 14 to December 9, 2015

Open Society Archives
Budapest
Hungary

What right do governments, corporations, and individuals have to collect and retain information on your daily communications? What tools—both today and in the past—have been used to monitor your activities? What are the immediate and far-reaching effects? These questions unite the ten bodies of work selected for the Moving Walls 22 exhibition “Watching You, Watching Me.”

This installment of OSF’s Moving Walls documentary photography series explores how photography has been used both as an instrument of surveillance and as a tool to document, expose, and challenge the impact of surveillance on civil liberties, human rights, and basic freedoms. Among the ten selected bodies of work, is Blue Sky Days.

TV Interview: Blue Sky Days on Télématin on France 2

A television interview with me on Télématin, France’s most-watched morning program, was broadcast on September 15 on the France 2 channel. The segment featured my Blue Sky Days project, which is part of the traveling World Press Photo exhibition. The photos are on display in the Azzedine Alaïa gallery in Paris through September 27.

TV and Radio Interviews: Blue Sky Days on France 24 and France Culture

Emission en français   Live television interviews about my Blue Sky Days drone photo project were broadcast on France 24 on September 4, 2015. The interview in French was conducted by Louise Dupont, and the English segment was lead by Eve Jackson.   We spoke about the rise of drones both in their military capacity and their growing popularity among law enforcement agencies. We also discussed the…  read more.

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