Paolo Cirio's artworks on view at Berlin’s photography museums.
’s artworks are on view in two major exhibitions at the C/O Berlin
and Museum für Fotografie
. Both of these series reflect on surveillance and privacy by combining photography, Internet, and street art.
Street Ghosts are installed inside and outside the Museum für Fotografie with four artworks on its facade and entrance. Photos of individuals appropriated from Google Street View are affixed at the exact physical spot from where they were taken on Jebensstraße 2, 10623 Berlin.
Overexposed is presented at the C/O Museum with three framed works painted on photo paper combined with several street art posters. The large installation at Amerika Haus presents unauthorized selfies and photos of Keith Alexander (NSA), John Brennan (CIA), James Comey (FBI).
You are invited to Watching You, Watching Me. A Photographic Response to Surveillance at the Museum für Fotografie (February 17 – July 2, 2017) and Watched! Surveillance Art & Photography at C/O Berlin (February 18 – April 23, 2017).
Cirio’s unique photo practice corresponds precisely to the approaches of these two shows that tackle and investigate the social and political trajectories of surveillance in correlation with art photography. Ultimately, his practice and exhibitions of photography led him to coin the novel definition of Internet Photography.
For The Photographers’ Gallery, Cirio stated: “Internet Photography investigates the renewed role of the photographic medium as it impacts the formation and understanding of personal memory and social realities. Capturing the internet photographically means positioning the camera inside databases, screens, networks, and algorithms.”
Specifically, with his latest project Obscurity, Cirio articulated “The cultural and social norms regarding how we want to appear and communicate online still need to be formed. Matters of exposure, shame, humiliation, and stalking in addition to transparency, obscurity, and accountability, as well as in general privacy, and surveillance, have all yet to be civilized in the new public space we live in.”
Paolo Cirio takes on this multifaceted shifting of the ethics, aesthetics, potentials, dangers and contradictions of Internet Photography. His photography practice extends to unprecedented fields, questioning the cultural, economic, and political implications of photos that circulate within the Internet.
Further exhibitions with works of Internet Photography by Paolo Cirio in 2017:
- Haifa Museum of Art, AnonymiX: The End of the Privacy Era
with Street Ghosts opens on February 18
- Münchner Stadt Museum, Images of Surveillance
with Overexposed opens on March 24
- Real Art Ways in Connecticut for Nothing to Hide
with Street Ghosts opens on March 4
- Musée National d'Histoire et d'Art of Luxembourg
with Overexposed and Obscurity opens on April 6
- DOX Centre for Contemporary Art for Big Bang Data
with Obscurity opens on April 6
Recent exhibitions with works of Internet Photography in 2016:
- ICP Museum in NYC for Public, Private, Secret with Overexposed
- AEC Museum in Linz for Out of Control with Face to Facebook and Obscurity
- FotoFocus Biennial in Cincinnati for Wave Pool with Street Ghosts
- Hong Kong City Hall for Microwave festival with Street Ghosts
Among many others exhibitions worldwide.
Recent three Solo-Shows with Internet Photography in 2016:
- International Kunstverein Luxembourg with Street Ghosts
- NOME Gallery in Turin with Street Ghosts, Overexposed and Obscurity
- NOME Gallery in NYC with Street Ghosts, Overexposed and Obscurity