An exhibit that would have employed live-sized versions of their leaked nude images has been canceled after the artist had a change of heart in the face of public outrage, according to Cory Allen Contemporary Art (CACA), which was to host the event.
The exhibit, which was to be titled “No Delete” and would have employed recently leaked nude photos of other “celebrity compromised images,” had been set for Oct. 30 at a St. Petersburg, Fla., art gallery. The artist, who goes by the name XVALA, will now exhibit XVALA’s own “self-shot, life-size, nude images.”
“It wasn’t just about being ‘hacked’ images anymore, but now presented in the media as stolen property,” the artist said. “People were identifying with Jennifer Lawrence‘s and Kate Upton‘s victimization, much more than I had anticipated, which is powerfully persuasive.”
As for the decision to display nude photos of XVALA instead, the artist added, “This concept was always about self-examination in our current culture. Why we feel the need to know and cross the lines of other individual’s privacy.”
CACA proprietor Cory Allen said he was heartened that people expressed their anger by constructive means.
“It was inspiring to see people take action through a petition, signing their name and not just commenting on a thread,” Allen said.
Two weeks ago, nude photos of Lawrence, Upton and others spread across the internet, which was initially attributed to a breach in the celebrities’ iCloud accounts. Both the FBI and Apple launched investigations, though Apple later denied that a breach had occurred, saying, “None of the cases we have investigated have resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved.”