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Mari Bastashevki

Mari Bastashevki

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It's Nothing personal

Artist biography

Mari Batashevsky works with the abuse of power, and has researched into blood money, however attempts to make her work as un-geographically based as possible. The work is made worldwide and deals with issues pertinent to west and east alike. Indeed she believes that binary narrative is too general and gives away a traditional Western liberal political approach which is old, tired and ineffective. She tries to draw the viewer in by leaving the political poles subject to interpretation.

Project approach

The installation, It’s Nothing Personal, is part of a broader series of reports and artworks on the lawful interception and communication of the surveillance industry. It presents the dichotomy between what global surveillance firms promote in their self-representation, and what the testimonies of those who are directly affected by these technologies disclose.

State surveillance is nothing new, but the industry that satisfies governments’ demand for surveillance of mass communications has skyrocketed, and is one of today's most rapidly growing markets.

The detached technical jargon and sanitized clip-art aesthetic work to obscure a deep-rooted partiality. Communication surveillance is a fundamental part of law enforcement operations meant to benefit those it vows to protect, as much as it is a weapon for preserving power by infringing on the privacy of those who oppose it.

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