Trevor Paglen

Profile

Trevor Paglen is an alumnus of the University of California and the Art Institute of Chicago. His work spans image-making, sculpture, investigative journalism, writing, engineering and numerous other disciplines. Two of his primary concerns are: learning how to perceive current events, and developing ways to imagine an alternative future. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at the Vienna Secession, the Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven and the Frankfurter Kunstverein, and he has participated in group shows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and at Tate Modern. He has launched an artwork into distant orbit around Earth, in collaboration with an art organisation and an academic institution, contributed research and cinematography to the Academy Award-winning film Citizenfour, and created a radioactive public sculpture for the exclusion zone around the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. Paglen has published five books and numerous articles on subjects such as experimental geography, state secrecy, military symbology, and photography, and his work has been profiled in The New York Times, Vice Magazine, the New Yorker and Art Forum. In 2014, he received the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award for his work as a “groundbreaking investigative artist.”