Trevor Paglen  (American, 1974) 


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Trevor Paglen Biography
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
Selected 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
Selected Public Collections
  FAIF Collection, Zurich, Switzerland
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