Leonardo Selvaggio is an interdisciplinary Artist based in Chicago. His work examines the intersection of identity and technology. In 2014, Selvaggio received the Albert P Weisman award for his work URME Surveillance and also exhibited his work in Art2Make, hosted by College Arts Association’s annual conference.
His work, “URME Surveillance” involves the development of defense technologies used to protect the public from surveillance by using his own identity as material. Rather than camouflage or hide the identities of the masses, this work invites the public to assume and present his identity as an alternative by allowing them to wear his face as a prosthetic. Thus facial recognition systems attribute their actions as him. By assuming this risk and responsibility, “URME” challenges and allows the viewer to consider the malleability of identities by misrepresenting and corrupting his own.