Video Surveillance

by Matías Nin



Hour after hour, day after day, thousands of security cameras record us. The tapes, perhaps, will never be watched by anyone, unless something extraordinary happens. Our cities and spaces of interaction are lived and filmed at the same time. Every act will be observed. No longer by humans, but by machines, through algorithms made for recognising any kind of behaviour that deviates from the standard.

The Uruguayan artist Matías Nin works critically with this universe of images that define the way we live our time, but seem to go unnoticed. Images taken by drones in contexts of war, selfies of women posing semi-nude, shots of medical imaging and scenes of urban video surveillance cameras.

Thus, his oil paintings freeze some instants of those millions of hours of filming that reproduce the world forever. It stops the information flow and raises its content, one could say, ironically and poetically, to question it, and to question us.


Matías Nin is a visual artist from Uruguay.



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Video Surveillance, oil on canvas, 2014.
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Video Surveillance, oil on canvas, 2013.

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Video Surveillance, oil on canvas, 2013.

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Video Surveillance, oil on canvas, 2013.
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Video Surveillance, oil on canvas, 2012.

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