Timeline

1974
Born in Maryland, USA
1993–1996
University of California at Berkeley B.A. in Religious Studies, Minor in Music Composition
2000–2002
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL M.F.A. in Art and Technology
2003
Individual Artist Grant, Dlabal Foundation, (for Remnants of California project)
2003
Block Grant, Department of Geography at U.C. Berkeley (research grant)
2004
Writers Grant, Institute for Anarchist Studies (for Recording Carceral Landscapes book/catalog)
2004
Project Grant, U.C. Berkeley Graduate Assembly (for Recording Carceral Landscapes exhibition)
2005
Fellowship, Vectors Journal, University of Southern California
2005
Exhibition Grant, LEF Foundation (Support for Recording Carceral Landscapes exhibition)
2006
Production Commission. Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, New York Commission
2006
Research/Travel Grant, New American Media (travel funding to research Torture Taxi book)
2007
Artadia Grant, New York, NY
2007
Nominee: Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers
2007
Outstanding GSI Teaching Award, University of California at Berkeley
2002–2008
University of California at Berkeley Ph.D. in Geography with a Designated Emphasis
2008
Aperture West Prize, Aperture Foundation, New York, NY
2008
Art Matters Grant, New York, NY
2008
“Utne Visionary”, Utne Reader
2008
Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art Award (SECA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Lives and works in Oakland, California and New York City

Exhibitions

2012
50 Years of Bay Area Art: The SECA Awards, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA
2011
The Hulon Center for Digital Media, Israel
2011
Details, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway
2011
Architecture of Fear, Z33 – huis voor actuele kunst, Belgium
2011
Invisibles Fields, Contemporary Arts Centre, Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona, Spain
2011
After the Crash, Universitá delle Marche, Rome, Italy
2011
Gwangju Design Bienniale, Gwangju, South Korea
2011
The Encuentro de Medellin, 2011, Museo de Antioquia, Medelin, Colombia
2011
“The Actions of Things,” Bard CCS, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
2011
“Graphic Design – Now in Production,” The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, (traveling)
2011
Wild Sky, Edith-Ruß-Haus, Oldenburg, Deutschland
2011
Magical Consciousness, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
2011
The Spectacle of War, The empty quarter, Dubai
2011
Secret Satellites, Belfast Exposed, Belfast, Irland
2011
After the Gold Rush: Contemporary Photographs from the Collection, Joyce and Robert Menschel Hall for Modern Photography, Metropolitan Museum, New York, USA
2011
Aksioma, Ljubljana, Slowenia (solo)
2011
American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, USA (solo)
2011
Unhuman, Altmann Siegel, San Francisco, CA, USA (solo)
2010–2011
Trevor Paglen, SECESSION, Vienna, Austria (solo)
2010–2011
Nous ne notons pas les fleurs, dit le géographe, Bétonsalon, Paris, France
2010–2011
Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy
2010
The Other Night Sky, Kunsthall Oslo, Oslo, Norwey (solo)
2010
A Compendium of Secrets, Kunsthalle Gießen, Gießen, Germany (solo)
2010
Vortexhibition Polyphonica, Henry Art Museum, Seattle, WA
2010
Road to Nowhere, FotoFest Biennial, Houston, TX
2010
Schritte ins Verborgene. Kunst und das Geheimnisvolle, Kunstmuseum Thurgau, Warth, Switzerland
2010
Rethinking Location. Anytime Anywhere Everything, Galerie Sprüth Magers, Berlin
2010
Catastrophe? Quelle catastrophe!, Quebec City biennial, Manif d'art 5, Quebec, Canada
2010
[Out of] Control, 7. International Biennal for Photography and Visual Arts, Liège, Belgium
2009–2010
Experimental Geography, Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh and Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, USA
2009–2010
Feed Forward. The Angel of History, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial,Gijón, Spain
2009
Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2009
Bellwether Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2009
Galerie Thomas Zander, Koln, Germany (solo)
2009
International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
2009
Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba
2009
The SECA Art Award Exhibition, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (catalogue) (solo)
2009
Desert Secrets, Utah Museum of Fine Art, Salt Lake City, UT
2009
FEEDFORWARD - The Angel of History, Laboral Art Center, Gijon, Spain
2009
Schneider Museum of Art, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR
2009
Tech Tools of the Trade: Contemporary New Media Art, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, CA
2009
CONTACT Photo Festival, Toronto, Canada
2009
Universal Code, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada
2009
Red Thread, TANAS - Space for Contemporary Turkish Art, Berlin
2009
A Universe We Can Believe In, Oliver Art Center, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
2009
Close Encounters 2: Acts of Social Imagination, Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York, NY
2009
A Compendium of Secrets, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2008
Off the Grid, Neuberger Museum of Art, SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY
2008
Experimental Geography, curated by Nato Thompson, organized through ICI, Richard E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN; Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine (travels through 2010)
2008
In the Private Eye, curated by Yaelle Amir, ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, NY
2008
Berkeley Big Bang 08, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
2008
Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, New York, NY
2008
The New Normal, curated by Michael Connor through ICI, Artists Space, New York, NY; Huarte Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Huarte, Spain; Canzani Center Gallery, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OH (travels through 2010)
2008
Conspire, Transmediale.08, Berlin, Germany
2008
The Other Night Sky: Matrix 225, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA (solo)
2008
2008 Taipei Biennial, Taiwan
2007
6 Billion Perps Held Hostage! Artists Address Global Warming, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
2007
Crimes of Omission, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
2007
Ominous Atmosphere, Heather Marx Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2007
Dark Matters: Artists See the Impossible, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
2007
The Landscape of War, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
2007
Only the Paranoid Survive, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY
2007
Dataesthetics Reloaded, Galerija Nova, Zagreb, Croatia
2007
Dystopische Landschaft, Kunstraum Muenchen, Munich, Germany
2007
A Historic Occasion, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA
2007
The Culture of Fear/Die Kultur der Angst, Halle 14, Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, German
2006
Black World, Bellwether, NY, NY (solo)
2005
The LAB, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2005
Thought Crimes: The Art of Subversion, Diverse Works, Houston, TX
2004
Echo Local, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL
2004
The Big Nothing: A Void, Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
2003
Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA (collaboration with Greg Niemeyer)
2003
Operation How, Now, Wow, 16 Beaver Space, New York, NY
2003
Version 3, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
2002
Plug and Play, Artswatch, Louisville, KY
2002
Version 2.0, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
2002
POW!, California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco, CA
2002
California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2001
Deadtech, Chicago, IL (solo)
2001
Salina Art Center, Salina, KS (solo)
2001
Book Show, Temporary Services, Chicago, IL
2001
The Summer Show, Gallery 312, Chicago, IL
2001
Resynthesis, Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago, IL
2001
Book Show, Temporary Services, Chicago, IL
2000
Counter Productive Industries, 1926 Gallery, Chicago, IL

Public Collections

FAIF Collection, Zurich, Switzerland

Literature

2010
Trevor Paglen. A Compendium of Secrets, exh.-cat., ed. by Ute Riese and Kunsthalle Gießen, Kerber Verlag, 2010
2010
Invisible (working title). New York: Aperture Foundation (Spring 2010)
2009
Blank Spots on the Map: the Secret Geography of the Pentagon’s Black World. New York: Penguin/Dutton, Spring 2009
2009
Thompson, Nato and Independent Curators Internatioal (eds.) Experimental Geography: Radical Approaches to Landscape, Cartography, and Urbanism. New York: Melville House, 2009
2007
I Could Tell You but Then You Would Have to Be Destroyed by Me: Emblems from the Pentagons, 2007
2007
Black World, Brooklyn, NY: Melville House Publishing, 2007
2006
Co-authored with AC Thompson, Torture Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA's Rendition Flights, Hoboken: Melville House (note: Paglen was primary author) Translated into French, Portuguese, Polish, and Italian), 2006
2006
Late September at an Undisclosed Location in the Nevada Desert, Cultural Geographies, Spring Editors Derek Gregory and Allan Pred, Groom Lake and the Imperial Production of Nowhere, Violent Geographies (collection), Routledge, 2006

Performances

Activating the Medium Festival, SomArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Secret Base Expedition, 1-day public performance/expedition around “secret bases” in Southern California (organized as a part of the “October Surprise” group show), Arroyo Arts Collective, Los Angeles, CA
Secret Base Expedition, 3-day public performance/expedition around “secret bases” in Nevada, USA
Delta Remnants, public sculpture in Stockton, CA, Commissioned by the University of the Pacific and the City of Stockton, CA
Powering Up/Powering Down Festival, U.C. San Diego, San Diego, CA
Secret Base Expedition, 3-day public performance/expedition to “secret bases” in Nevada
San Diego is a Secret Base, 1-day public performance/expedition to classified military locations in the San Diego Area. Commissioned by Natalie Jermijenko through the Department of Visual Art at UC San Diego
Selected CIA Aircraft Flights & Rendition Routes 2001-2006. Commissioned Billboard @ 6150 Wilshire, Los Angeles, CA. Curated and organized by Julia Meltzer and Clockshop
UC Berkeley is a Secret Base, Guided campus tour highlighting militarism at the university,Commissioned by the Berkeley Art Museum for the UCIRA Conference
“Stargazing”: Star party to observe classified American spacecraft in the night sky. Event organized by the Berkeley Art Museum as part of the “Other Night Sky” exhibition
“Star Party”: Public event in conjunction with the Power Plant in Toronto. Hosted “star gazing” party with amateur satellite observer Ted Molczan to watch classified reconnaissance satellites over Toronto