It isn’t just tinfoil-hat material: Throughout the country, our government is doing things that it would really rather people didn’t know about, in places it would rather people didn’t know existed. And Trevor Paglen has made it part of his political and artistic mission to thwart those goals.
Combining roles as a writer, investigative journalist, photographer and self-described “experimental geographer,” Paglen has attempted to bring an artistic sensibility to exposing some of the “black sites” that you won’t find on any map. The Utah Museum of Fine Arts’ Desert Secret exhibit includes four of Paglen’s large-scale photographs, in which he employs high-powered telescopes to create photography of restricted military and other government sites in the desert Southwest. The result is an abstract image that asks how much you can really see even when you’re looking right at something like this, and how much remains unseen. Join Paglen tonight for a talk about his methods and his mission.