STORIES THAT MATTER: SHROUD
Works from Hasan Elahi's self-surveillance project "Tracking Transience"
Stories That Matter: Shroud
By Hasan Elahi
5 Mar to 3 May 2020
Admission is free
Artist Talk: Tue 10 Mar, 7.30pm. Register here.
This site-specific installation by artist Hasan Elahi comprises thousands of images from the artist’s self surveillance website Tracking Transience.
After an erroneous tip called into law enforcement authorities in 2002 subjected Hasan Elahi to an intensive investigation by the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), he underwent months of interrogation before finally being cleared of suspicion. After this harrowing experience, Elahi conceived Tracking Transience and opened just about every aspect of his life to the public.
Predating the National Security Agency (NSA)’s PRISM surveillance programme by half a decade, Tracking Transience questions the consequences of living under constant surveillance. This site-specific installation comprises thousands of images from the project, which continuously generates databases of imagery that tracks the artist and his points of transit in real-time.
About Hasan Elahi:
Hasan Elahi is an artist whose work examines issues of surveillance, citizenship, migration, transport, and the challenges of borders and frontiers. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions at venues such as SITE Santa Fe, Centre Georges Pompidou, the Sundance Film Festival, the Gwangju Biennale, and the Venice Biennale. His work is frequently in the media and has been covered by The New York Times. Forbes and Wired and has appeared on Al Jazeera, Fox News and The Colbert Report.
Elahi has spoken about his work to a broad range of audiences such as Tate Modern, Einstein Forum, the American Association of Artificial Intelligence, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, TED, and the World Economic Forum. His recent awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Alpert/MacDowell Fellowship, grants from Creative Capital, Art Matters Foundation and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, and he is a recipient of a Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award. He is currently Professor and Director of the School of Art at George Mason University and lives and works outside of Washington, DC.