A Los Angeles-based performance artist who planned an exhibit featuring life-sized copies of the nude selfies stolen from celebrities’ phones has decided not to go through with it — mainly because he didn’t anticipate that people would call him out on exploiting women.
XVALA, whose body of work includes plastering posters of Scarlett Johannson’s intimate photos on city streets, told Page Six that the gallery planning to host “No Delete” had decided not to use Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton’s private photos after a string of online petitions convinced them otherwise.
Namely, those petitions called them out on being sleazebags:
“It wasn’t just about being ‘hacked’ images anymore, but now presented in the media as stolen property,” said XVALA. “People were identifying with Jennifer Lawrence’s and Kate Upton’s victimization, much more than I had anticipated, which is powerfully persuasive…”
“The public’s response to cancel the event wasn’t just about invasion of privacy, but becoming more of an issue of the exploitation of women; specifically the two celebrities,” read a press release.
Instead, in what we can only assume to be an act of public penance, XVALA will instead exhibit photos of his own life-sized naked selfies.
““This concept was always about self-examination in our current culture,” XVALA explained. “Why we feel the need to know and cross the lines of other individuals’ privacy.”
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