“It’s true that they have a format problem, and yet, in the name of human priorities, I still feel compelled to advocate for their existence.”
– Writer Laura McLean-Ferris, on the works in Trevor Paglen’s 2015 solo exhibition at Metro Pictures, New York. First published on Oct 7, 2015, the review muses “whether this is all just brilliant rigorous journalistic research which has, for some reason, taken the form of an art object.” McLean-Ferris praises Paglen for leveraging art for activism. “Still, this only works when it either transforms the material, or transforms the space around it.”

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