Interior Security (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) 2016
Intercepted emails on aluminum
32” x 32” (each)

Interior Security (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) is a data-based series mounted on aluminum. Each piece is individual and unique. These works reveal the incoming and outgoing emails of Peru's former Minister of Interior, Daniel Ezequiel Lozada Casapia. Between 2011 and 2012 hundreds of emails were sent and recieved by Mr. Lozada. Some of these emails include messages by the President of Peru, several ministers and political figures, army officials, businessmen, family members, and so on.

The information employed in these works was arranged using a spatial array system known as datagram, devised by Merhi in 1998. The artist printed and scattered the data by applying a geometric pattern subject to the content relevance. In this sense, Merhi became an intermediary between the people who wrote the messages and the viewers.

Interior Security 1 shows the vulnerability of Latin American governments regarding network security systems. It also highlights the act of hacking as an instrument for art production, endorsing email as an open and uncensored source of contemporary knowledge.

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