Trevor Paglen

Author(s): Omar Lauren; Kholeif Julia; Cornell Bryan-Wilson

conceptual art

The first complete monograph on an artist whose work investigates surveillance and government secrecy in the digital age

Trevor Paglen's art gives visual geography to hidden forces, relentlessly pursuing what he calls the 'unseeable and undocumentable' in contemporary society. Blending photography, installation, investigative journalism, and science, Paglen explores the clandestine activity of government and intelligence agencies, using high-grade equipment to document their movements and reveal their hidden inner workings. This book presents over three decades of Paglen's groundbreaking work, making visible the structures and technologies that impact our lives.


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Trevor Paglen is an artist based in Berlin.

Julia Bryan-Wilson is an associate professor in the Department of History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Omar Kholeif is an artist, curator, writer and editor currently working as Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.  

Lauren Cornell is Director of the Graduate Program and Chief Curator at the Hessel Museum of Art at CCS Bard, New York



General Fields

  • : 9780714873442
  • : Phaidon Inc Ltd
  • : Phaidon Inc Ltd
  • : May 2018
  • : October 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Omar Lauren; Kholeif Julia; Cornell Bryan-Wilson
  • : Paperback
  • : 160