Is this legal? Cory Allen Contemporary Art has announced the recently leaked nude images of stars Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton will be additions to Los Angeles artist XVALA’s “Fear Google” campaign.
The unaltered photos will be on display to the public in the artist’s upcoming show “No Delete” in October at a location in Saint Petersburg, Florida. The exhibit will display
the artist’s seven year-collection of life-size images printed on canvas, found on Google of celebrities
in their most vulnerable and private moments, that were comprised by
either hackers or the paparazzi.
“We share our secrets with technology. And when we do, our privacy becomes accessible to others,” XVALA explains.
The artist’s use of celebrity imagery has often received mainstream attention. In 2007, XVALA famously displayed the picture of Brittany Spears shaving her head in a Tabernacle frame. Then in 2011, XVALA
posted the leaked nude images of actress Scarlett Johansson on the streets in Los Angeles with the “Fear Google” logo cleverly displayed on her body. Both pieces will be featured along with Upton’s and Lawrence’s in the new exhibit.
culture, everybody wants to know everything about everybody. An
individual’s privacy has become everyone else’s business. It has become cash for cache,” XVALA says.
Publicist Cory Allen echoes this sentiment saying, “The
commentary behind this show is a reflection of who we are today. We all become ‘users’ and in the end, we become ‘used’.”
“No Delete” is set to open Oct. 30.