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After the attacks on 11 September 2001, Anita Cruz-Eberhard saw a rapid increase in the number of surveillance cameras in her place of residence, New York. But do all those cameras make our lives safer? Doesn’t our right to privacy disappear just as quickly as the technology emerges? Has it not transformed us into a police state? And doesn’t our obsession with cameras have just as much to do with our culture of voyeurism as it does with safety? By converting the technology that watches over us into art, Cruz-Eberhard examines the global, surveillance-saturated culture with an aesthetic dimension.
For her continuing series WATCH THE WATCHERS! #02, she created patterns using images of surveillance cameras which she pulled from shops and catalogues on the Internet.
The digital flower arrangements of Anita Cruz-Eberhard are inspired by ikebana, the traditional Japanese art of arranging flowers. The photographer assembles her bouquets from the data bases of botanical departments at various universities – they exist thus only in digital and printed form. In this sense DIGITAL IKEBANAS is an investigation of the relation between the natural and the artificial, between reality and art, and between reality and perception. The work underscores the illusory quality of photography and demonstrates the inability of people to doubt what they see: seeing is believing.
Anita Cruz-Eberhard (Switzerland, 1974) studied at the International Center of Photography and the School of Visual Arts, both in New York. Her work has been shown in exhibitions around the world, including Les Rencontres d’Arles. Her series Digital Ikebanas was exhibited at the Noorderlicht Photography Festival Terra Cognita in 2012.
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