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Trevor Paglen

A Compendium of Secrets
Trevor Paglen’s subversive Conceptual Art has been a success on the international art market for more than ten years.
While studying maps of the United States, Paglen, who has a PhD in geography, discovered gaps – ‘white spaces’ as he calls them – that he then visited and photographed. This led to powerful images and photographs of political phenomena that are kept under conditions of extreme secrecy in the USA. Experimental photographs that show spy satellites in the night sky, shots of hidden military bases and Pentagon test sites, a list of code names of secret military programmes and an curious collection of military badges and insignia – this is all gathered together in the Compendium of Secrets: contradictory and mysterious, investigative and subversive, an interplay between disclosure and secrecy, evidence and abstraction.

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"Trevor Paglen"

May 2010

ISBN 978-3-86678-436-9

24,00 x 30,00 cm

64 Pages

32 colored and 11 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound, without dust-jacket, without slipcase

Languages: German, English

Ute Riese, Kunsthalle Gießen

preface by
Ute Riese

Thomas Wagner
The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition „Trevor Paglen. A Compendium of Secrets“, 30 May to 22 August 2010, Kunsthalle Gießen.