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Anita Allen

  • Author: Anita Allen Citation: Which is more important, privacy or art? In New York, home to many artists from around the world, the answer is clear: art. One enters juridical public spaces potentially objectified as someone’s art subject. Despite traces of “home as castle” discourse throughout US law, under New York State law one’s actual home is insecure and nonexclusive, open to artists by legal rules that elevate voyeuristic contemporary fine art photography an videography above what Louis Brandeis called the “inviolate personality” and the “sacred precincts of private and domestic life”. Arne Svenson’s photographic series “The Neighbors” is a content for exploring how a home-centric understanding of common law privacy rights clashes with the expansive imperatives of freedom of artistic expression.

Gideon Parchomovsky