Trevor Paglen. Hide the Real, Show the False
Jun 10, 2023 – Aug 6, 2023
Curators: Lidiya Anastasova, Anna Lena Seiser
Making invisible power structures and technology visible while critically questioning their influence in shaping today’s societies and environments is a central concern in Trevor Paglen’s multidisciplinary artistic practice. Spanning photography, video, sculpture, and installation, his work is often based on intensive investigative research into state surveillance, military operations, and data collection. His groundbreaking work on machine vision uncovers and exemplifies the paradigm shift related to the status of images caused by constant and rapid technological development.
Trevor Paglen’s exhibition with n.b.k. will present several new series exploring mind control, disinformation, and psychological operations (PSYOPS). The exhibition features a new video installation highlighting a testimony by former US Air Force counterintelligence officer Richard Doty, which will be on view for the first time in Europe. In the video, Doty recounts his efforts targeting UFO researchers as part of military disinformation campaigns and describes his relationship to a top-secret extraterrestrial technology program, which, he insists, remains active to this day. The topics of Doty’s ambivalent narration in the video are revisited and expanded upon by further works in the exhibition, as well as through research materials on US military operations (images, documents, memorabilia) and the broader concept of the politics of truth.
Trevor Paglen (*1974 in Maryland / USA, lives and works in New York and Berlin) has had numerous one-person exhibitions, including at San José Museum of Art, USA (2021); Fondazione Prada, Milan (with Kate Crawford, 2019); Barbican Centre, London (2019); Smithsonian American Art Museum (2019). Paglen’s work has also featured in numerous group exhibitions at venues such as Centre Pompidou, Paris; DePaul Art Museum, Chicago (both 2022); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2014); Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2012); Tate Modern, London (2010).
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) gGmbH is funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.