Michael Rogers

Cirio, Paolo
“Michael Rogers”, 2015.

This artwork is part of a series of nine unauthorized photos of high-ranking U.S. intelligence officials of NSA, CIA, NI and FBI that were related to the Edward Snowden’s revelations. Michael S. Rogers has served as Director of the National Security Agency (NSA), Commander of U.S. Cyber Command, and Chief of the Central Security Service since April 3rd, 2014.

The photos were found by monitoring the Internet public platforms with selfies and images of informal situations published without the control of the officials. Ultimately, the images were reproduced with the street art HD Stencils technique and they were disseminated onto public walls throughout major cities. The artwork satirizes the era of ubiquitous surveillance and overly-mediated political personas by exposing the main officials accountable for secretive mass surveillance and over-classified intelligence programs. New modes of circulation, appropriation, contextualization, and technical reproduction of images are integrated into this artwork.

Selected pictures of the outdoor public space insterventions: Manhattan, New York City; London, UK; Berlin, Germany; Paris, France.

Selected pictures of the indoor galleries installations: NOME gallery, Berlin; CityLeaks, Cologne; Art Market, Budapest; Pratt Manhattan Gallery, NYC; International Center of Photography Museum, NYC; Centre de la Photographie, Geneva.

On loan from LaAgencia Collection.