Lilly Lulay

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Lilly Lulay (*1985 in Frankfurt / Germany) is currently based in Frankfurt and Brussels. She studied photography, sculpture and media sociology at the HfG Offenbach and the ENSBA Bordeaux. In times of the flood of images of the digital age, Lulay uses her own and other people's private photos as "raw material" for her projects, which she processes with different techniques such as embroidery, laser cutting or painting. This results in collages, videos, paintings and installations that critically question the two-dimensional, purely visual perception of photographic images. In her works, these images are being literally deconstructed so that perception is diverted from the visual surface to the material, technical and social structures in which our photographies are embedded. 
In her current projects, she investigates the influence of the smartphone on our everyday photographic culture and collective social behaviour. In doing so, Lulay identifies the smartphone as a popular photographic tool that has not only produced new globally networked image cultures, but also new forms of normative control and social surveillance. These functions are located at the beginning of the history of photography and find their extensions in today's techniques of facial recognition, location tracking and commercial and political targeting. Her current research therefore revolves around topics such as Big Data, AI, digital colonialism and the concept of surveillance capitalism developed by Shoshana Zuboff.

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