[resource-net] May 22 NOME Gallery Opening: Paolo Cirio, Overexposed

Manuela Benetton manuela.benetton at gmail.com
Fri May 15 16:01:14 CEST 2015

Dear ReSource,
I am very pleased to invite you all to *NOME* inaugural exhibition,
*Overexposed*, the solo show by conceptual artist *Paolo* *Cirio*, on May
I hope to see many of you there.
Have a nice week-end,

Paolo Cirio, *Overexposed*

Opening: 22 May, 6pm
23 May - 20 July 2015

NOME Gallery is very pleased to inaugurate its exhibition program in Berlin
with new works by conceptual artist Paolo Cirio. His solo show
*Overexposed* will
open on 22 May and run until 20 July 2015.

With his public intervention *Overexposed*  Paolo Cirio disseminates
unauthorized pictures of high-ranking U.S. intelligence officials
throughout major cities. Cirio obtained snapshots of NSA, CIA, and FBI
officers through social media hacks. Then, using his HD Stencils graffiti
technique, he spray-paints high-resolution reproductions of the
misappropriated photos onto public walls. New modes of circulation,
appropriation, contextualization, and technical reproduction of images are
integrated into this artwork.

In this exhibition, NOME presents the nine subjects of the
*Overexposed *painted
on canvas and photographic paper.

The project considers the aftermath of Edward Snowden’s revelations and
targets some of the officials responsible for programs of mass surveillance
or for misleading the public about them.
Cirio's open-source intelligence (OSINT) utilizes intelligence collected
from publicly available sources to satirize both an era of ubiquitous mass
surveillance and overly mediated political personas.

The officials targeted in the *Overexposed* series are Keith Alexander
(NSA), John Brennan (CIA), Michael Hayden (NSA), Michael Rogers (NSA),
James Comey (FBI), James Clapper (NSA), David Petraeus (CIA), Caitlin
Hayden (NSC), and Avril Haines (NSA).

Cirio’s political satire reverses the contemporary means of propaganda,
exposing the extent to which a public image can be captured on camera and
exploited by the very same systems that intelligence officials seek to
control. *Overexposed* derides the watchers with embarrassing pictures over
which they have lost control, effectively turning the tables on them and
their advocacy of mass surveillance and lax privacy practices.

Paolo Cirio (*1979) conceptually explores various issues in economics,
democracy, privacy, transparency and copyright. His work has been exhibited
at prestigious institutions including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the
Museum of Contemporary Art of Denver and the Utah Museum of Contemporary
Art. He was honored by Ars Electronica with the Golden Nica in 2014.

More information on the NOME website:

Images of the artworks and interventions may be found here:

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/450645295093909/
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