Trevor Paglen |
Rebecca Solnit |
book signing |
Artist Discussion and
Book Signing with Trevor Paglen
Thursday, October 21, 2010
City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, California
Trevor Paglen will discuss his work in his long-awaited first photographic monograph: Invisible: Covert Operations and Classified Landscapesthat has received rave reviews from the press since its publication by Aperture in August 2010. Social scientist, artist, writer, and provocateur, Paglen has been exploring the secret activities of the U.S. military and intelligence agencies—the “black world”—for the last eight years, publishing, speaking, and making astonishing photographs.
As an artist, Paglen is interested in the idea of photography as truth-telling, but his mysterious, compelling pictures often stop short of traditional ideas of documentation. Showcasing the artwork of an important emerging talent,Invisible speaks to the multidisciplinary practices employed by many of today’s most interesting contemporary artists. The book highlights the array of tactics used by Paglen to depict both what can and cannot be seen.
Rebecca Solnit, noted author on culture and photography, contributes a searing essay that traces this history of clandestine military activity on the American landscape