1974 · United States
Trevor Paglen is an American artist, photographer, and geographer whose work extends to numerous innovative and varied disciplines alongside sculpture and image-making. He is best known evolving artistically and politically with the use of mass-surveillance and data-collection. The Guardian describes Paglen as "is one of the most conceptually adventurous political artists working today, and has collaborated with scientists and human rights activists on his always ambitious multimedia projects." Born in 1974, Trevor Paglen graduated from a B.A. at U.C. Berkeley and an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago as well as a Ph.D. in Geography from U.C. Berkeley. Paglen has a wide and eclectic approach to the contemporary world by also being an engineer which influences his works significantly. His art aims to capture the historical moment and developing it to imagine an alternative for the future. Trevor Paglen's art approach is a constant confrontation with the limits of the living, in that he overcome the limits of tangibility and a common view on artwork. His most innovative creation is an artwork that was launched in orbit around Earth. Paglen succeeds in combining art with science and grandly contributes to research. For his impressive and unique artworks, Paglen was solo exhibited at Vienna Secession, Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum, Van Abbe Museum, Frankfurter Kunstverein, and Protocinema Istanbul. He was featured in group exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Tate Modern. As a “groundbreaking investigative artist.”, Trevor Paglen received the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award in 2014.