Artist to Feature Stolen Celebrity Nudes in Uncensored ‘Art Exhibit’
A Florida art gallery is flirting with the meaning of “art,” and possible jail time, with its newest exhibit featuring life-size, “unadulterated” copies of the stolen photos released in the celebrity naked selfie hacking scandal.
XVALA, an LA-based artist, will add the stolen photos as part of his long-running series “Fear Google,” in which he appropriates comprised paparazzi and stolen photos of “celebrities in their most vulnerable and private moments,” according to a press release. XVALA previously courted controversy for plastering Scarlett Johansson’s stolen nude photos on a city street, censoring it with a “Fear Google” logo.
Why? Why risk legal woes, as the FBI publicly vowed to prosecute anyone disseminating the photos? Because art:
“XVALA appropriating celebrity compromised images and the overall ‘Fear Google’ campaign has helped strengthen the ongoing debate over privacy in the digital era,” said publicist Cory Allen…
“In today’s culture, everybody wants to know everything about everybody. An individual’s privacy has become everyone else’s business,” said XVALA. “It has become cash for cache.”
“The commentary behind this show is a reflection of who we are today,” said Allen. “We all become ‘users’ and in the end, we become ‘used.’”
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