St. Petersburg, Fla. (CBS TAMPA) — A St. Petersburg art gallery is planning an exhibit that will feature naked images that recently leaked of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson and Kate Upton.
The artist, who uses the name XVALA, has collected images of celebrities found through Google searches for more than seven years for the “Fear Google” exhibit. Cory Allen Contemporary Art (CACA) announced that the leaked nude images of the female celebrities will be on public display and “unaltered” to show “celebrities in their most vulnerable and private moments.”
CACA announced that the images – which were recently obtained by an unidentified hacker through iCloud and cellphone data – will be printed on canvases in life-sized form. The “No Delete” exhibit next month will feature a series of images “comprised by either hackers or the paparazzi.”
“XVALA appropriating celebrity compromised images and the overall ‘Fear Google’ campaign has helped strengthen the ongoing debate over privacy in the digital era,” said publicist Cory Allen.
According to a press release, XVALA has collected trash and other tidbits from celebrities because “in today’s culture, everybody wants to know everything about everybody. An individual’s privacy has become every else’s business. It has become cash for cache.”
The exhibit intends to make an artistic statement about individual privacy, celebrity and technology in the modern age.
The announcement continues: “The artist’s ‘Fear Google’ campaign also includes sculptures fabricated from the residential trash of celebrities and tech icons, such as Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Kim Kardashian-West, and others; comparing personal trash to information thrown away and becoming accessible to the public for anyone’s use.”
“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’.”
Speaking with LA Weekly about possible legal repercussions, XVALA said, “I hope we don’t need an attorney,” adding that he is definitely planning to move forward with the exhibition with the backing of the gallery.
After the images were leaked, a statement from Lawrence said that authorities “will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos.”
But XVALA appears undeterred by legal threats.
“I’m taking them off the internet and putting them into a new medium that is transformative,” he said. “I’ll be using them as commentary.”
In 2011, XVALA claims to have leaked nude images of Scarlett Johansson throughout Los Angeles and inscribing “Fear Google” over parts of her body. These images will also be displayed at the Oct. 30 Florida show.
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