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Trevor Paglen: The Shape of Clouds


Pace Gallery / Geneva / Art

“The right to make images is an important right,” said the artist, author, and geographer Trevor Paglen in 2018, “and an important right to insist upon.” Paglen probes a subject that is elusive, omniscient, and not a little menacing: mass surveillance and data collection. A drone in the sun, a restricted government complex at night—Paglen’s images are reminders of shadow realities that do exist. In “The Shape of Clouds” he takes on facial recognition technology and computer intelligence. —L.J.

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