A BANNED SURVEILLANCE





A Banned Surveillance, 2018
single-channel video projection
6:00 loop

The surveillance of communities is executed through a depersonalized, intrusive lens. A Banned Surveillance assigns a person to this lens, aiming to explore the human reaction to being watched by literal eyes. Participants in the video hail from the surveilled populations of the banned countries. Restricted from immigrating to the States, the work brings them here regardless. The eyes vary in scale, either being human-sized and placed at the height of the artist, hoping to emit intimacy in common ground, or enlarged to take on a big brother’s towering appearance.

This work was exhibited at UC Berkeley.

Mark