Jillian Mayer
400 Nudes, 2014
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
22.10.14 – 04.01.15

Jillian Mayer’s project began with her selection of four hundred nude selfies of women of all ages, shapes and races from the pool of millions available on the Internet. She then set up photo shoots in Miami, where she lives, to remake them, digitally altering the composite photos to realistically replace the original faces with her own.

To explore the gaps, as well as the overlaps, between different networks of image consumption, she then re-uploaded the photos to various platforms on the net and has made them available as printed takeaway images to Biennale visitors.

400 Nudes (2014) tackles questions of identity, authenticity and sexuality through a transhumanist lens. It touches upon current pop culture conversations around revenge porn, feminism in the age of Snapchat and the nature of exhibitionism, voyeurism, shame, security and privacy within the paradigm of search engines and their seemingly endless (and eternal) streams of content.
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400 nudes, 2014

Born in 1984 in Miami, the artist and filmmaker Jillian Mayer lives in South Florida. Her work has been shown at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City (2014); Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL (2014); Locust Projects, Miami (2013); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013); Bass Museum of Art, Miami (2012); and World Class Boxing, Miami (2012). Her video Scenic Jogging was one of the 25 selections for the Guggenheim’s YouTube Play: A Biennial of Creative Video and was exhibited at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy; Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain; and Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2010). Her videos have also been shown at the Rotterdam Film Festival (2014); Sundance Film Festival (2012, 2013); SXSW, Austin, TX (2012, 2013); and New York Film Festival (2013).

A recipient of the Sundance Institute New Frontier Story Lab Fellowship (2013); the Zentrum Paul Klee Fellowship, Berne, Switzerland (2013); the Cintas Foundation Fellowship, New York (2012); and the NEA Southern Constellation Fellowship at Elsewhere Museum, Greensboro, NC, Mayer was included in the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine (2012). She was recently featured on the cover of ART PAPERS. Mayer is represented by David Castillo Gallery, Miami.


Panel: Skawennati, Amanda Beech, Jillian Mayer, Hito Steyerl - BNLMTL 2014