Friday, September 5, 2014

An open letter to XVALA and Cory Allen Contemporary Art

This is an open letter to XVALA and Cory Allen Contemporary Art:

It was announced recently that you would be conducting an "art show" in Florida that would exhibit unaltered, life size nude portraits of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson and Kate Upton that were obtained by a hacker who leaked those pictures online. You knowingly acquired these photographs from a crime, and you know that these stolen images have humiliated the victims.

In your press release, you (XVALA) stated, "We share our secrets with technology, and when we do, our privacy becomes accessible to others."

The way you spin the art show, it actually sounds as if you are making a point about the vulnerable position that technology has put people in, but then I remember that all you are doing is republishing stolen nude photographs that have gotten a lot of press. You aren't creating anything new, but you are victimizing the victims in a new way. Calling that "creative" is a bit of a stretch. If you really wanted to make a statement, you would put yourself on display, but you are obviously too much of a coward to do so.

Although you got a lot of attention for your exploits, lazily enlarging stolen salacious celebrity images isn't art. Never once has a true artist equated publicity with artistic expression. No,  all you're doing is showcasing revenge porn so at least cut the bullshit with the pretentiousness because it's not fooling anyone.

According to CNN, the Federal Bureau of Investigations has publicly stated that they will prosecute anyone who publishes the leaked photographs. Knowing that the FBI is coming after you once you exhibit your show provides the only audience satisfaction to what you're doing. I can't wait to hear your "artist" spin on what it's like in jail. Maybe then you'll have something worthwhile to say.
The iCloud hack is now being investigated by the FBI. (photo courtesy of Twitter)

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