Where does the Right to Privacy End?

Paolo Cirio, Obscurity, archival inkjet on paper, 84 x 105 cm, 2016

In the US images and data of people who have been arrested by law enforcement agencies are made publicly available on so-called “mug shot websites”. By blurring the photographic records and shuffling the personal data in his artwork “Obscurity”, Paolo di Cirio makes it impossible to identify the arrestee. His work criticizes the preemptive judgment caused by public display of mugshots that has become a profitable industry of reputation management. The artist draws our attention to information ethics and the emotional dimension of the unflattering representation of the people exposed on these websites. Cirio deals with matters regarding the control of and accessibility to personal information, the right to privacy, mass surveillance, profiling and public participation, as well as the link between identity and person.

https://paolocirio.net/work/obscurity/


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