julian Oliver COVER ME

Exhibition, Brescia

Julian Oliver: COVER ME


COVER ME by Julian Oliver consists in a gallery of Creative Commons licensed photographs found on Flickr that the artist transformed into data containers for distributing Snowden files. Using a method known as “steganography”, the artist embedded the volatile data into images matching the search queries “island getaway” and “beach paradise”, without visibly changing their appearance. Here, the act of sharing comforting, tranquil images helps to counterbalance the bleakness and anxiety enshrouding clandestine leaks while broadening the potential for redistribution.

With ignorance as a robust excuse, the images can be safely shared among colleagues at work, uploaded back to Flickr or used as a desktop background while crossing borders. Curated by Matteo Cremonesi, the exhibition in a public space like the Link Point is an occasion to further spread the leaked files offline: the public in fact have free access to the classified documents while having a view on the gorgeous pictures selected by the artist.

Credits and more information about this event HERE

This exhibition was realized in connection to the exhibition and seminar Networked Disruption curated by Tatiana Bazzichelli.

28 March 2015
Link Point gallery

Curated by: Matteo Cremonesi


Julian Oliver