Perhaps one of the most disturbing stories to come out of the recent celebrity photo leaks is the plans to have the hacked photos on display in a Florida gallery. The Cory Allen Contemporary Art gallery’s recent press release details the artist who goes by the name XVALA’s upcoming show called “No Delete” that will feature stolen photos of celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton.
According to the press release, the “artist” will be displaying seven years worth of nude and compromising photos he has collected from Google after celebrities were either hacked or photographed in an unflattering way by paparazzi. The photographs will be unaltered life-sized images printed on canvas. The show is part of a campaign XVALA calls “Fear Google” and this is not the first time he has violated a celebrity’s privacy in the name of art. He is known for displaying sculptures from the trash of other well-knowns like Steve Jobs and Kim Kardashian.
XVALA explains why he believes what he is doing is appropriate for display in a gallery. He says, “We share our secrets with technology. And when we do, our privacy becomes accessible to others.” His publicist, Cory Allen, says “XVALA appropriating celebrity compromised images and the overall ‘Fear Google’ campaign has helped strengthen the ongoing debate over privacy in the digital era.” Allen adds, “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’.”
What do you think of the plans to display the leaked celebrity photos in a gallery?
Do you think more needs to be done to protect a celebrity’s privacy in this digital era?