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I’m still trying to figure out how this is a thing that might actually happen...

Sharing the leaked nude photos of celebrities that were released on Sunday is wrong in pretty much every way. But, this new twist on the story continues to amaze me. According to recent reports, Cory Allen Contemporary Art announced that Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton's nudes - unaltered and life-sized, no less - will be added to an art exhibit by Los Angeles artist XVALA called 'Fear Google.'

Errrrm, okaaaaay...

The show features images from the past seven years of celebrities caught "in their most vulnerable and private moments, that were comprised by either hackers or the paparazzi," according to the Cory Allen Contemporary Art gallery's website. Other images will include Britney Spears with a shaved head and hacked naked pictures of Scarlett Johansson.

And as for the artist's take on the whole thing? The show is meant to fuel the debate on privacy in the digital age, and XVALA commented that:

In today's culture, everybody wants to know everything about everybody. An individual's privacy has become everyone else's business. It has become cash for cache.

Sure, this XVALA guy has a point. These days we demand more access to celebrities' private lives, and the distance between the stars and the audience becomes smaller and smaller. We want the personalized treatment; ultimately, we are pushing the stars to be at the center of their own narratives, because this both fascinates and satisfies in a way the controlled acting of their careers cannot.

But, I don't think you have to be as cynical as I am to think that perhaps a more appropriate way to handle an exhibition of these motives could be to paint interpretations of each scandal, rather than taking some of the most sensitive images of a person's life and - without their consent - putting them on huge canvases for some LA artist's personal profit...

There's making a statement and then there's just being exploitative and cashing in on the misfortune of others, right?


What do you think about the exhibition? Does XVALA have the right to display the nudes?

(Source: The Independent)


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