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XVALA explains why he's using leaked nude celeb pics in art gallery display

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 07: Jennifer Lawrence attends the Christian Dior show as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 on July 7, 2014 in Paris, France.
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It’s the celebrity photo scandal that just won’t go away. In fact, it’s getting bigger. Stolen nude photos from the massive celebrity photo hack that nabbed the personal pics of Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton will be part of an art gallery display created by street artist XVALA. On Wednesday, Cory Allen Contemporary Art revealed that the mysterious Los Angeles-based artist will include life size, unaltered canvas prints of the naked celeb pictures in an upcoming show in an art gallery in St. Petersburg, Fla.

"We share our secrets with technology,” XVALA said in a press release. “And when we do, our privacy becomes accessible to others.”

The upcoming show will be titled “No Delete,” and it will also include seven years worth of other leaked images of celebrities “in their most vulnerable and private moments,” taken by either hackers or the paparazzi.

XVALA has been using celebrity images as art for years as part of his “Fear Google” campaign, and in 2011 he talked to The Huffington Post about posters he created featuring a naked Scarlett Johansson. “For the record I did not hack or crack Scarlett Johansson photos,” the artist said at the time. “I found them on the Internet just as anyone can do for themselves. I Googled it. How I chose to use the Google search results should be viewed as a disruptive innovation. It's Post-PC art."

He also added, “The actions of both Scarlett and hackers made it easy for me. I just had to create the art. Actions speak louder than words and we, government and society, continue to live and die by the internet.’”

While XVALA covered Johansson’s private areas with “Fear Google” logos, the newly hacked actresses won’t have a logo covering their lady parts. As for the ethics of his latest venture, the artist -- who previously went on a dumpster diving trip and created sculptures from the garbage of top tech icons like Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs -- defends his art: “In today’s culture, everybody wants to know everything about everybody,” he said. “An individual’s privacy has become everyone else’s business. It has become cash for cache.”

“No Delete” opens Oct. 30 at The Showroom is St. Petersburg, but the violated celebs may hope you delete this particular gallery opening from your to-do list.

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