The recently leaked nude photos of “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence and model Kate Upton will be publicly displayed as part of the latest addition to a Los Angeles artist's "Fear Google” campaign, Cory Allen Contemporary Art, or CACA, announced Wednesday. The artist, who goes by the name XVALA, has collected celebrity images found on Google's search engine for nearly seven years.
The exhibit will take place next month at CACA’s The Showroom, which is located in the Warehouse Arts District in St. Petersburg, Florida, where leaked photos of the two celebrities, “printed on canvas, life-size and unaltered," will be displayed. The photos will be part of the artist’s “No Delete” show, which will feature XVALA’s collection of almost seven years, comprising celebrity images “in their most vulnerable and private moments” found on Google's search engine.
“We share our secrets with technology,” XVALA said, in a statement. “And when we do, our privacy becomes accessible to others.”
Nude photos of Lawrence, Upton and many other A-list celebrities were posted on the Internet Sunday evening, prompting the FBI to launch an investigation into the massive breach.
“In today’s culture, everybody wants to know everything about everybody. An individual’s privacy has become everyone else’s business,” said XVALA. “It has become cash for cache.”
The show will also include the shaved-head portrait of singer Britney Spears and the leaked nude images of actress Scarlett Johansson, with the "Fear Google" logo covering certain portions of the images, the statement said.
“XVALA appropriating celebrity compromised images and the overall ‘Fear Google’ campaign has helped strengthen the ongoing debate over privacy in the digital era,” publicist Cory Allen said, in the statement.
“The commentary behind this show is a reflection of who we are today,” Allen said. “We all become ‘users’ and in the end, we become ‘used’.”
“No Delete” is scheduled to open on Oct. 30.