Curated by Zachary Allen
§üb∫amsøn Projekte, Boston, MA
Exhibition Dates: May 8 – June 3, 2015
Reception: Friday May 15, 6-8pm
Opening May 8th at §üb∫amsøñ Infringement showcases contemporary work that challenges and subverts both a growing global surveillance state and a culture that increasingly views the world through the prism of technology—be it our devices or state-controlled satellite imagery. Asking that viewers begin to question how images are made, the artists of Infringement appropriate the mechanisms of surveillance and employ image manipulation for their own means. The result is an unsettling portrait of a post-Edward Snowden world, in which questions of personal privacy and the ever-present reality of surveillance are urgent.
Working in and against the genres of landscape, documentary, and street photography, as well as sculpture, the artists in Infringement participate in and simultaneously critique the methods of their investigation, while raising legal and moral questions about how we make and consume images today. Who—the artists ask—is allowed to look? And how? Where is the ever-elusive line of privacy being drawn and by whom?
Infringement offers an alternate vision of the world in which we live—a less than sanguine narrative, which yields lasting questions about our future and the way in which images operate within it.
Scott Patrick Wiener