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New Zealand Pavilion’s Simon Denny – “Secret Power” NSA installation recreated by artist Jerry Vest for Mini Vinnie Bini.

The Berlin-based New Zealand artist’s exhibition is based on Edward Snowden’s US National Security Agency (NSA) leaks, and addresses contemporary issues of privacy, mass surveillance, national identity and international security. It has been on display at the historic Marciana Library in Venice as part of this year’s Venice Biennale.

‘Secret Power’ has been widely acclaimed and there was a high level of interest from international institutions and private collectors in acquiring the works, the museum said.

The contemporary artist’s four works are displayed on server-racks, normally used for holding computer servers. Content released in the NSA leaks takes shape among the cabinets in the form of documents, slides and images.

“I made a monumental display of some selections of [the NSA slides] to make sense of what imagery is drawn on and what kind of genres are present in the way that these surveillance programmes are emerging,” Mr. Denny told Radio New Zealand’s Kim Hill.

“We’re at an unprecedented moment, where technology plays a really large part in our lives. And it becomes increasingly visible how much power is concentrated in the hands of those who define that technology… Technology, now particularly, seems to be a good window to look at where the concentration of power and wealth is in the world.”

VISIT THE ONLINE NEW ZEALAND PAVILION HERE.

Here is a good article about the exhibit by Artsy.

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