AN ART show using stolen naked pictures of celebrities, which were leaked on the internet last wART seek, has been cancelled. Conceived by artist XVALA, and set to be held at the Cory Allen Contemporary Art gallery in St Petersburg, Florida, the exhibition has been shelved following several online petitions.
“It wasn’t just about being ‘hacked’ images any more, but now presented in the media as stolen property,” XVALA said. “People were identifying with Jennifer Lawrence’s and Kate Upton’s victimisation much more than I had anticipated, which is powerfully persuasive. This concept was always about self-examination in our current culture. Why we feel the need to know and cross the lines of other individuals’ privacy.”
The exhibition – entitled No Delete – will now feature the artist’s own life-sized nude images.
“It was inspiring to see people take action through a petition, signing their name and not just commenting on a thread,” gallery owner Allen said in a statement, Page Sixreports. “The public’s response to cancel the event wasn’t just about invasion of privacy, but becoming more of an issue of the exploitation of women; specifically the two celebrities. Empathising with these real concerns, the artist decided to turn the cameras around on him; wanting the focus to be about an individual’s privacy and not just the exploitation of women.”