Trevor Paglen

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Trevor Paglen (American, born 1974) is an artist whose work spans image-making, sculpture, investigative journalism, writing, and numerous other disciplines. Among his chief concerns are learning how to see the historical moment we live in and developing the means to imagine alternative futures. For more information on his practice, please visit Paglen’s website.



Paglen has had numerous one-person exhibitions, including at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt; Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing; Protocinema Istanbul; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands; and Vienna Secession. He has participated in group exhibitions at the de Young Museum, San Francisco; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Tate Modern, London, and numerous other institutions. He has launched an artwork into distant orbit around Earth in collaboration with Creative Time and MIT, contributed research and cinematography to the  Academy Award-winning film Citizenfour, and created radioactive public sculpture for the exclusion zone in Fukushima, Japan. Paglen received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute and will receive an honorary doctorate from the School on May 15.

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Trevor Paglen, They Took the Faces from the Accused and the Dead…(#00185_1_F), 2020. Pigment print, 50 x 42 inches. Edition of 5 + 2 AP. © Trevor Paglen. Courtesy of the artist and Altman Siegel, San Francisco.