I’m pleased to announce that my Blue Sky Days drone project will be part of the Open Society Foundation’s next Moving Walls exhibition in fall 2014.
The show is called “Watching You, Watching Me,” and it will feature nine visual artists engaged with the theme of surveillance. The exhibition will be free and open to the public.
November 4, 2014 to May 8, 2015
Open Society Foundations
224 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
The nine artists and projects selected for the exhibition are:
Tomas van Houtryve, “Blue Sky Days.” Reflecting on the changing nature of personal privacy, surveillance, and contemporary warfare, van Houtryve uses a drone to create aerial photographs in the United States of the types of gatherings that are targeted in foreign air strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, as well as locations where drone use has been approved on American soil. His exhibition will include large format back-and-white prints and a video installation produced with the support of the Pulitzer Center.
Edu Bayer, “Qaddafi Intelligence Room.”
Bayer documents late Libyan dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi’s security headquarters in Tripoli, just a few days after it was abandoned when rebels stormed the capital.
Josh Begley, “Plain Sight: The Visual Vernacular of NYPD Surveillance.”
Begley draws on AP-released documents to create a collage of photographs used by the New York Police Department’s Demographics Unit in its surveillance of Muslim-affiliated businesses and institutions.
Paolo Cirio, “Street Ghosts.”
Cirio uses appropriated imagery of people captured on Google Street View to create street installations at the very sites where they were originally photographed.
Hasan Elahi, “Thousand Little Brothers.”
After an erroneous tip linking the artist to terrorist activities led to a six-month-long FBI investigation, Elahi began to voluntarily monitor himself by photographing mundane details from his daily life and sending these images—now totaling nearly 70,000—to the FBI.
Andrew Hammerand, “The New Town.”
Hammerand uses a publicly accessible networked CCTV camera in an anonymous midwestern American town to create images that reflect on issues of surveillance and privacy.
Mishka Henner, “Dutch Landscapes.”
Henner appropriates censored Google Earth images of significant political, economic, and military locations to draw attention to the Dutch government’s attempts to prevent their own civic buildings from being monitored.
Simon Menner, “Images from the Secret Stasi Archives.” Menner presents images found in the East German State Security Service archives to reflect on how photography was used by the Stasi as a tool to train spies, conduct secret home searches, and track people’s movements.
Julian Roeder, “Mission and Task.” Roeder highlights the border surveillance system EUROSUR, which connects all border control systems of individual EU member states, allowing them to share and exchange information.