Trevor Paglen is an artist, writer, and experimental geographer. His work involves deliberately blurring the lines between social science, contemporary art, and a host of even more obscure disciplines to construct unfamiliar, yet meticulously researched ways to interpret the world around us.
Paglen's visual work has been exhibited at Transmediale.08 Festival, Berlin; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Kunstraum Muenchen, Munich; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and numerous other venues. His work has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, Wired, Newsweek, Modern Painters, Aperture, and Art Forum.
Paglen has received grants and commissions from Rhizome.org, Art Matters, Artadia, and the Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology.
Paglen is the author of three books. His first book, Torture Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA's Rendition Flights (co-authored with AC Thompson; Melville House, 2006) was the first book to systematically describe the CIA's «extraordinary rendition» program. His second book, I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to be Destroyed by Me (Melville House, 2007) an examination of the visual culture of «black» military programs, was published in Spring 2008. His third book, Blank Spots on a Map, was published by Dutton/Penguin in early 2009.
Paglen holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley, an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Geography from UC Berkeley.
Paglen lives and works in Oakland, CA.
Actualité Berlin a (aussi) son mois de la photo ! Le 6ème mois de la photo européenne est à Berlin. Vous avez jusqu'au 16 novembre pour vous y rendre !
L'"European Month of Photography" est le festival photo le plus important d'Allemagne. Il réunit les plus grands photographes, les curateurs, les journalistes, les amoureux de la photographie et autres spécialistes. Ensemble, ils tenteront de réfléchir à ce qui les touche et de quelle Europe rêvent-ils ?
C'est l'occasion de découvrir plus de 500 expositions à travers la ville de Berlin.
Découvrez aussi le "MEMORY LAB: THE SENTIMENTAL TURN PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGES HISTORY". Frank Wagner, le curateur du festival, propose en effet une visite du Martin-Gropius-Bau à travers l'exposition... Actualité Aperture magazine Summer 2008 in Aperture • Sophie Calle: A Lover’s Monologue
Giuseppe Merlino considers Calle’s recent project Prenez soin de vous (Take Care of Yourself), exhibited at last year’s Venice Biennale.
• The Films of Robert Frank
Luc Sante discusses Frank’s films Pull My Daisy, The Sin of Jesus, and Me and My Brother.
• Disappearances: The Photographs of Trevor Paglen
Paglen’s work with photography and other media confronts the shadowy world of covert American military programs.
• How Silent Images Can Break the Silence
Through words, photographs, and an extraordinary exhibition, Gilles Peress and John Berger express their responses to Picasso’s Guernica.
• Jane Hammond’s Recombinant DNA
Although known for her paintings and prints, Hammond has produced a series of t... Festival Exhibition : [7P]  Places  Precarious Fields Urs Stahel, Curator of the 6th Fotofestival Mannheim-Ludwigshafen-Heidelberg, has drawn up an exciting exhibition concept under the title,  Places  Precarious Fields.
The exhibitions install, in  museums and art venues,  precarious fields of our society today and discuss them on the basis of chiefly contemporary photographic and video works. In a blend of documentary and artistic works, of murals, projections, installations, showcase works, films and videos, a discursive climate that is also optically visible is to be generated, a climate that meets the requirements for dealing with these themes. The exhibitions deal with uprooting, delocalization, alienation, with high-tech production and social control, with real and virtual migration; with aggrandized self-images, highly-strung psyches, rapacity, with n... Festival 6th European month of photography berlin
MEMORY LAB: THE SENTIMENTAL TURN PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGES HISTORY
How do photographers and artists today represent historical events, defining cultural characteristics and the changes they undergo, and social relations? How is memory formulated, and how do we resist forgetting?
Over the past two decades, a type of photography has established itself that openly rejects the long-prevailing principles of documentary photography and photojournalism. The photographers counter strategies based on objectivity and objective visualization with an emotionally charged eye. The operative factor here is a professional, deliberate gaze that is also investigative and open to fascination. The artists selected by the MdF Berlin together with the European partner cities for the joint exhibition project create mise-en-scènes... Exposition Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2016 The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2016 is now open and takes over our two top floor galleries.
On the second floor there's Double Take: Drawing and Photography while Print Sales Gallery has Stephen Gill's myeyefellout with works from six iconic series and our Media Wall features works by Jesse McLean, Nicholas O'Brien and the Scandinavian Institute of Computational Vandalism in CONTOURS.
© Erik Kessels
Courtesy of the artist
For a different perspective on the exhibitions read the new publication Loose Associations available from the Bookshop.
© Tobias Zielony
Courtesy of KOW Berlin, Lia Rumma, Naples and the artist
... Exposition Exhibition: Trevor Paglen: The Octopus Together with American artist Trevor Paglen (born 1974 in Maryland, USA), the Frankfurter Kunstverein has developed a comprehensive exhibition entitled “The Octopus”, which deals with topics such as surveillance and political influence. On view are intensely colorful, often blurred photos of landscapes in the era of big data, image series of military places and secret surveillance techniques, video works along with extensive materials and documents from Paglen’s investigatory research practice. The sculpture Autonomy Cube, an open Wi-Fi hotspot, illustrates together with "Eagle-Eye Photo Contest: Landscapes of Surveillance," a photo competition created for the exhibition and open to the public, Paglen’s new artistic approach: he would like his work to trigger actions that have an influen... Exposition « Drone : l’image automatisée » : le thème du mois de la photo à Montréal
À l’occasion de sa 13e édition, Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal a invité Paul Wombell, commissaire britannique de renom, à proposer une programmation audacieuse autour du thème "Drone : l’image automatisée". Du 5 septembre au 5 octobre 2013, l’événement en mettra plein la vue avec 25 expositions déployées sur 14 sites à Montréal.
Les visiteurs découvriront les œuvres d’artistes locaux, nationaux et internationaux parmi lesquelles plusieurs ont été spécialement conçues pour cette édition ou seront exposées pour la première fois au Canada. Les artistes proposent ici d’explorer la relation en pleine mutation entre le corps et la technologie, en insistant sur les fonctions automatiques et l’intelligence de l’appareil p...