Are our privacy rights vanishing in a technological age? Do surveillance cameras make us safer? Have we mutated into a surveillance society?
The “Watch the Watchers!” series originated after 9/11, 2001 when the number of surveillance cameras in New York City skyrocketed.
As a society, we have become obsessed with the gaze of the video-camera, not only because we perceive that it brings us “security” but also because we are fascinated by the visual representations of ourselves. Today, we are very much a culture of voyeurs.
I am interested in making art out of the technology that watches over us, aiming to explore a surveillance-saturated global culture, with an aesthetic dimension. The appropriation of digital images in art is a phenomenon new to the twentieth century. I am intrigued by the technique of layering digital media and the aspects of appropriation while embracing the use of contemporary technologies like the Internet.
About the Artist
Anita Cruz-Eberhard [Zurich, b. 1974] I was born in Zurich in 1974 and has been living and working in New York since the mid 90’s, earning a BFA with honours from The School of Visual Arts, and graduated from the International Centre of Photography, NYC.
She has exhibited internationally in galleries, museums and at festivals, including at the first Warsaw PhotoDays, 19. Noorderlicht Photofestival, Kunst Haus Wien, Le Museum du Botanique & Bozar Centre for Fine Arts (Brussels), the 7th Athens Video Art Festival, the Pingyao International Photography Festival (China), the Centro Cultural Justica Federal (Rio de Janeiro), Gallery 21 (Tokyo), and at the Galerie Seippel (Cologne).
Cruz-Eberhard was also the recipient of the 2008 Sony World Photography Awards – Category (Abstract), the Medicus Grant
(Swiss Benevolent Society of New York) and the SVA Alumni Scholarship Award.