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Born in 1974, Trevor Paglen lives and works in Oakland, CA and New York City. He is an artist, writer, and experimental geographer whose work deliberately blurs lines between social science, contemporary art, journalism, and other disciplines to construct unfamiliar, yet meticulously researched ways to see and interpret the world around us. Paglen's visual work has been exhibited at Transmediale Festival, Berlin; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA); Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams; the 2008 Taipei Biennial; the Istanbul Biennial 2009, and has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, Wired, Newsweek, Modern Painters, Aperture, and Artforum. Paglen is the author of three books. Torture Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA's Rendition Flights (co-authored with AC Thompson; Melville House, 2006) was the first book to systematically describe the CIA's "Cextraordinary rendition" program. I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to be Destroyed by Me (Melville House, 2007) an examination of the visual culture of "black" military programs, was published in Spring 2008. Blank Spots on a Map, was published by Dutton/Penguin in 2009. In spring 2010, Aperture will publish a book of his visual work.
Trevor Paglen's Debris consists of a new series of photographs of man-made debris, garbage, and flotsam in earth's orbit shot earlier this year in South Africa. Showing spent rocket bodies, inactive spacecraft, and satellite fragments caused by collisions and explosions, the images encapsulates perennial public fear of objects falling from the sky as well as the fact that this debris will ironically outlast humankind's presence on the planet.
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