Evan Baden's "Technically Intimate" Series of Portraits Exploring Online Intimacy

July 24, 2015

In Evan Baden's portrait series, "Technically Intimate," he explores sexting and online intimacy, focusing on a generation of youth who are becoming adults in the context of online media immersion. Taken from the perspective of an onlooker, the portraits create the unsettling sense that an ostensibly private moment is unsecured and uncontrolled. Each portrait in the series emerged from something real: an image or video posted online, quite likely without the subject's consent. From there, Baden recreates the scenes with models.

From Baden's artist statement: "Our ability to connect with one another instantly using our now-ubiquitous cellular phones––and the privacy that comes with that use––has lulled us into a sense of security. The thought that what we send to each other will stay just between us. This new connection and the sense of security it provides, for the digital native generation, has brought with it a new definition of intimacy. We no longer believe we require the physical touch of generations past. Instead, we demand that images and videos be transmitted from one private space to another. To be enjoyed now, and forever to come. But that sense of privacy is merely an illusion."