Trevor Paglen

Metro Pictures, New York 7 February - 9 March

By Joshua Mack

Singleton/SBW ASS-R1 and Three Unidentified Spacecrafts. Courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures and Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne

Artist and geographer Trevor Paglen has developed some of the most potent cultural critique available today. Witness his photographs of ‘black sites’ and spy satellites, which he shoots through telephoto lenses and telescopes. These images not only reveal the traces of our clandestine surveillance state – small dots of geosynchronous objects in orbit; hazy images of unmarked planes – but also, in their spooky emptiness, give form to the paranoia that haunts our society under the cloak of the War…

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