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Some Artist Plans To Display Jennifer Lawrence’s Nudes In An Exhibit, Because Ugh

Jennifer Lawrence attending X Men premiere party May 2014

Just when you think this massive celebrity naked photo leak couldn’t get any worse, new details keep emerging — from Internet douches encouraging other women to share nudes to discovering McKayla Maroney was underage in her photos — that prove you wrong. Like this news that an artist is planning to display leaked photos of Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton in an upcoming exhibit.

The images will be part of LA artist XVALA’s “Fear Google” campaign and will be on display in his upcoming “No Delete” show at Cory Allen Contemporary Art’s (CACA) Showroom in St. Petersburg, Florida. The images will apparently be unaltered and printed on life-size canvases. But wait until you hear XVALA’s artistic reasoning behind using the photos, which he told LA Weekly:

“I’m calling attention to the fact that our information should be our own and it’s not. I feel like if we can’t call personal property personal it becomes public property. I would rather hit a delete button and have this go away. The perfect world would be where we can control our information, but nobody can.”

Wow, can you say “hypocritical”? You’re bringing attention to the issue of privacy in today’s culture by displaying images which were stolen and disseminated without the subjects’ consent, thereby encouraging and contributing to the very invasion of privacy you’re claiming to criticize? If you think people’s private information should be their own, then maybe don’t spread said private information for more eyes to see in order to profit from it.

You’re probably wondering if this is even legal. Jennifer Lawrence’s rep, for example, said in a statement that they will “prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos.” The FBI even started investigating the leak. XVALA says, “I hope I don’t need an attorney,” but is apparently going through with the exhibit anyway, starting October 30. I’m no legal expert, but perhaps he will be able to use the same loophole that porn sites posting the photos are using — that some of the photos are not selfies, and therefore the subject doesn’t own the copyright.

Or maybe this is just a way to drum up publicity and when it comes down to it the artist won’t actually go through with displaying the nudes. He’s done this before, though. In 2011 he displayed Scarlett Johansson’s leaked nudes, with “Fear Google” covering her body.

(Photo: Dennis Van Tine / Future Image / WENN.com)

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  • Samantha Escobar
  • Alexis Rhiannon

    Ugh, shut up artist dude.

  • Ginny

    How can this be legal? I hope Jennifer and her lawyers sue the hell out of this guy till he cries and apologizes. Seriously, I want her to be goddamn ruthless.

    • Haley Keller

      There is the whole fair use thing that the artist could probably try to argue if they ran into legal trouble, especially since he’s apparently trying to make it some sort of social commentary. I don’t know enough to say how successful that would be for him though. It’s still horrible even if the artist could legally get away with it.

  • Tpce

    I am sure their lawyers will file a lawsuit and then it will be settled to a point where if he plans to go thru with it he will have to do what he did with the ScarJo nudes and place blockers over the private parts as this isnt is first time doing this. Still sad that he is trying to use artistic expression as a means to pull off a self promoting stunt.

  • A_Nicole

    Someone just sue this idiot until he HAS no more money please. So gross that he’s exploiting people and their image. Go away dude

  • M_G

    I would like to call attention to the fact that physical violence against artists is a real problem in our society. Would anyone like to help me prove my point by beating the crap out of XVALA? The perfect world would be where I wouldn’t have baseball bats readily available for all volunteers, but I do.

    • Nbl

      I’m all for a “Misery” style hobbleing.

  • Stacey Judith

    Ugh! Creep!