Mads Holm

The day after a massive demonstration dozens of protesters are awakened early by police officers arresting them in their beds. Investigations have taken place overnight on Facebook comparing personal profiles on the social medium with police footage of the protest. I am in my studio, also looking at images. As I browse through the many stacks of small prints on my table I try to wrap my head around the paradox: the technology provided as a service to help you find and attend an event is the same one that gets you arrested the day after. That really is our predicament today. The 21st century has brought about a security doctrine which permeates all aspects of everyday life. A new military urbanism projects life itself as war— no longer fought between soldiers on remote fields, but in the streets of our cities, in our smart phones, cars, infrastructure and social behavior. The contradictions that emerge on the blurred lines between security and control are defining of our time. HRTLND is a work of photographs and written essays that tries to cut through to those contradictions.

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