A Florida art gallery announced its plans to open an exhibition called “No Delete,” where will be displayed the recently leaked photo of many A-list female celebrities.
Cory Allen Contemporary Art (CACA) in St. Petersburg, Florida, will feature a seven year project dubbed “Fear Google” created by Los Angeles artist XVALA. The controversial pictures of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and a slew of other celebrities will be displayed unaltered on life-sized canvas prints.
Artist XVALA said the intense reaction led him to reconsider including the hacked images in his show.
“People were identifying with Jennifer Lawrence’s and Kate Upton’s victimization, much more than I had anticipated, which is powerfully persuasive,” he said.
Many of the images show celebrities who have had their privacy compromised by the internet or by paparazzi over the last seven years. Moreover, the campaign also includes sculptures made out of trash from the homes of celebrities like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and Kim Kardashian.
Urban artist said: “I’m taking them off the internet and putting them into a new medium that is transformative. I’ll be using them as commentary. I hope we don’t need an attorney.”
After the leak, Lawrence’s publicists issued a statement saying: “We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible”. Upton’s publicists echoed the statement, says the Telegraph.
Meanwhile, former Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice, who is also among 101 alleged victims of the scandal, is taking legal action against hackers who posted photos online which appear to show her posing naked.
“In today’s culture, everybody wants to know everything about everybody. An individual’s privacy has become everyone else’s business,” said XVALA.
Cory Allen claims that XVALA is displaying Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton’s stolen property because he wants their privacy to be protected.
“We hope the conceptual value of this project will help address issues that will help find better ways to protect an individual’s information,” he explained. “To gain back our privacy.”
Allen added: “It was inspiring to see people take action through a petition, signing their name and not just commenting on a thread,” Cory Allen said of the decision to not include the celebrity photos.
Actually, it is not the first time the artist draws public attention to the celebrity nudity. In 2007, XVALA referred to infamous photos Britney Spears shaving her head as part of an exhibit and in 2011 he plastered Scarlett Johansson’s leaked nude pictures around Los Angeles with the words “Fear Google” covering her body, reminds Fox News.
Following the incident, Apple released a statement denying an iCloud breach that could’ve facilitated the hack. “When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple’s engineers to discover the source,” the tech giant said in the Sept. 2 statement.
“Our customers’ privacy and security are of utmost importance to us. We have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised … None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone.”