Curated by Peg Curtin
Participating Artists: Madeline Djerejian, Kate Drendel, Charles Harlan, Brad Robinson, Surveillance Camera Players, Futaba Suzuki, Edin Velez, and Hsuan Hsuan Wu.
Where does a government’s responsibility to protect its citizens end and the citizens’ right to privacy begin? Is the idea of surveillance in the mind of a populace a more powerful tool than the surveillance itself? Blurring lines between observer and observed, the eight talented emerging artists in Seen Unseen toe typically taboo lines by openly photographing strangers, directly challenging and mocking surveillance cameras, and willingly placing themselves in the role of the observed. Images are reflected, complicated, and obscured. Installations reconstruct and re-appropriate in miniature the surveillance of our homes and property, exposing our phobias, and anxiously re-contextualizing accepted security methods. Video works invert the supposed anonymity of large crowds and explore our culture’s obsession with reality television.
Seen Unseen asks us to question our boundaries and consider the future of a culture increasingly consumed with the need to see and be seen.
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