C/O Berlin, Museum für Fotografie - Berlin
17 / 02 / 2017 – 02 / 07 / 2017 ; 18 / 02 / 2017 – 23 / 04 / 2017

Paolo Cirio’s Overexposed and Street Ghosts are on view in two major exhibitions at the C/O Berlin and Museum für Fotografie. Both of his series reflect on surveillance and privacy by combining photography, Internet and street art: Watching You, Watching Me. A Photographic Response to Surveillance at the Museum für Fotografie (February 17 – July 2, 2017) and Watched! Surveillance Art & Photography at C/O Berlin (February 18 – April 23, 2017). http://www.co-berlin.org/watched-surveillance-art-photography-0

Street Ghosts is installed inside and outside the Museum für Fotografie with four artworks on its facade and entrance. Photos of individuals appropriated from Google Street View are affixed at the exact physical spot from where they were taken on Jebensstraße 2, 10623 Berlin. https://paolocirio.net/work/street-ghosts

Overexposed is presented at the C/O Museum with three framed works painted on photo paper combined with several street art posters. The large installation at Amerika Haus will present unauthorized selfies and photos of Keith Alexander (NSA), John Brennan (CIA), and James Comey (FBI). https://paolocirio.net/work/hd-stencils/overexposed

cirio2Cirio’s unique photo practice corresponds precisely to the approaches of these two shows that tackle and investigate the social and political trajectories of surveillance in correlation with art photography. Ultimately, his several works and exhibitions on photography led him to coin the definition of Internet Photography,

From The Photographers’ Gallery London: Internet Photography investigates the renewed role of the photographic medium as it impacts the formation and understanding of personal memory and social realities. Capturing the Internet photographically means positioning the camera inside databases, screens, networks, and algorithms.” https://www.unthinking.photography/themes/machine-vision/internet-photography

Specifically, with the latest project Obscurity, Cirio articulated “The cultural and social norms regarding how we want to appear and communicate online still need to be formed. Matters of exposure, shame, humiliation, and stalking in addition to transparency, obscurity, accountability, privacy, and surveillance have yet to be civilized in the new space we live in.” https://youtube.com/watch?&v=fcvA1id1ly0

cirio3Paolo Cirio takes on this multifaceted shifting of the ethics, aesthetics, potentials, dangers and contradictions of Internet Photography. As his photography practice extends to unprecedented fields, questioning the previously established cultural, economic and political implications of photos that circulate within the Internet. https://paolocirio.net/press/texts/internet-photography.php