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Surveillance was a two-person exhibition at Gimpel Fils in London. This exhibition was a timely look at how artists have responded to the psychological and political impact of the world-wide growth of surveillance and private security. Christopher Stewart's contribution to this exhibition was five large-scale photographic prints from his Insecurity series that were taken in different parts of the world, including in the USA and Australia. This work looked at the training preparations of private security personnel and larger private military companies and how these individuals and their activities fit within a rapidly expanding industry of surveillance and private security provision. That the act of preparation and training shown in the photographs often takes place in familiar city streets, motels, parking lots and shopping malls also highlights the everyday nature of the exhibitions thematic. Christopher Stewart's Insecurity series has been included in over forty solo and group exhibitions internationally including at Fotomuseum Winterthur, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television in Bradford and the Whitechapel Gallery in London and features in important survey publications such as The Photograph as Contemporary Art, Thames and Hudson World of Art Series (ed. Charlotte Cotton 2004 & 2009 - 978- 0500204184). Surveillance also included the work of Seamus Harahan, whose work jointly represented Ireland in the 51st Venice Biennale. Gimpel Fils also represents Australian artists Callum Morton (who represented Australia at the 2007 Venice Biennale) and Judy Watson (who represented Australia at the 1997 Venice Biennale).
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