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Hasan Elahi: Datamine

May 19 - June 25, 2016

Gallery Talk: Saturday, June 11, 3pm

To mark the representation of Hasan Elahi, C. Grimaldis Gallery is pleased to present our first solo exhibition of his work, “Hasan Elahi: Datamine”, on view from May 19th through June 25th, 2016. A catalog with an essay written by art historian Robert S. Mattison will be published to accompany the exhibition.

This year, Elahi was awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship for his work investigating contemporary issues of surveillance, citizenship, privacy, and technology. His interdisciplinary photo-based works are based on his premise that “the best way to protect privacy is to give it away”. After the harrowing experience of being detained at an airport in 2002 due to an erroneous tip, Elahi was questioned and investigated by the FBI for months. Instead of resisting, he decided to go beyond his FBI agent’s expectations by amassing and publicly releasing tens of thousands of images and data that track his daily movements and activities.

Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded annually to selected mid-career artists, historians, and scientists who have shown exceptional ability and promise. Prior recognition for Elahi’s work include Creative Capital Foundation (2006) and Art Matters Foundation (2011) grants, and exhibitions at notable institutions such as the Venice Biennale, the Centre Georges Pompidou, and the Hermitage. He has also spoken to audiences at the Tate Modern, TED Global, the World Economic Forum, and countless others. He is currently Associate Professor of Art at University of Maryland.

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