The art exhibition that was intentionally planning to display the life-sized nude photographs of Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton has been cancelled. According to the artist behind it, it is down to a moral change of heart and not legal reasons.
“It wasn’t just about being ‘hacked’ images anymore, but now presented in the media as stolen property,” XVALA said. “People were identifying with Jennifer Lawrence’s and Kate Upton’s victimisation, much more than I had anticipated, which is powerfully persuasive.”
“This concept was always about self-examination in our current culture. Why we feel the need to know and cross the lines of other individuals’ privacy.”
The exhibition which was titled ‘No Delete’, was set to take place at the Cory Allen Contemporary Art gallery in St Petersburg, Florida, but had become the target of angry online petitions.
Far from feeling attacked by the petitions, the artist and gallery owners were in fact pleased with teh attention:
“It was inspiring to see people take action through a petition, signing their name and not just commenting on a thread,” gallery owner Cory Allen said in a press statement.
“The public’s response to cancel the event wasn’t just about the invasion of privacy, but becoming more of an issue of the exploitation of women; specifically the two celebrities. Empathising with these real concerns, the artist decided to turn the cameras around on him; wanting the focus to be about an individual’s privacy and not just the exploitation of women.”