The nude images of Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton that were last week leaked online after a security breach will be put on display in a gallery as part of an art show.
The Cory Allen Contemporary Art gallery will host an exhibition called No Delete, which consists of work made by XVALA, a Los Angeles artist preoccupied with the internet and celebrity.
XVALA will present the hacked nude photographs of Lawrence and Upton printed on canvas, life-size and unaltered as part of a seven-year collection of images that he has sourced on Google of “celebrities in their most vulnerable and private moments”, according to the gallery’s website.
Previously, XVALA has distributed leaked nude images of actress Scarlett Johansson in the streets of Los Angeles with the words “Fear Google” censoring her body, and put the image of singer Britney Spears with a shaved head in an elaborate frame.
XVALA is quoted saying: “We share our secrets with technology and when we do, our privacy becomes accessible to others.”
After the leak, Lawrence’s publicists issued a statement saying: “We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible”. Upton’s publicists echoed the statement.
Gallerist Cory Allen told Fox News that they considered the photos as art, and therefore exempt from any ruling obtained by the celebrities’ publicists: “We’re not posting them… and we don’t see them as photos. [The artist] sees it as art.
“I think if XVALA was really concerned and too worried about the legality side of it, it would challenge the integrity of the art.”