Camouflage, 2013

Suzanne Treister

In the series Camouflage, watercolor is overlaid onto printed pages from documents downloaded from the internet pertaining to U.S. Department of Defense programs such as the Global Information Grid. Camouflage was made in response to the public surprise at Snowden’s revelations, many of which only confirmed what had already been reported by the U.S. press. The work’s camouflaging of documentary information with watercolor thus perversely echoes back to this lack of public awareness.
Camouflage reveals evidence of state programs of mass surveillance. The watercolor patterns and drawings employ forms in the original documents to partially obscure and camouflage the evidence. The work visually discusses secrecy, disclosure, and circulation of classified information from intelligence agencies, using public and leaked documents as raw historical material for a visual representation of complex systems of state apparatuses.

Read Rendering the Evidence by Giulia Bini.

N-CEJFC_V1_2005_P18; GIG-AV_V1_2007_P29; NetOpsSV_2008_P3_1; NetOpsSV_2008_P1.

Inkjet and watercolor on Hahnemuhle Bamboo paper. Each 8 x 11 ½ in. 21 x 29,7 cm.
Courtesy of Annely Juda Fine Art, London and P.P.O.W., New York