Make Me Anonymous
About the artwork
In 2005, I was commissioned by the Dutch intelligence agency (AIVD) to create a work that would “reveal the human face” of the organization. During the next three years I met with 18 agents who volunteered to be interviewed, but remained anonymous even to me. The project resulted in a variety of forms. Make Me Anonymous addresses my desire to make the transformation from artist into agent. Drawing on the subtle and indirect language employed within AIVD, I combine terms and phrases picked up from the agents I interviewed. The resulting list of instructions, titled The Directives, hovers somewhere between a love letter and a request for training from The Organization. In 2013, I drew on this vocabulary to produce the neon work Make Me Anonymous.
Jill Magid has generously donated her artist fee, paid by Absolut Art, to The Equal Justice Initiative.
About Jill Magid
Jill Magid is a conceptual artist, writer and filmmaker who interrogates structures of power on an intimate level, exploring the emotional, philosophical, and legal tensions between institutions and individual agency. Her first documentary feature, The Proposal, premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, and was rele...More about Jill Magid
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Jill Magid: What is it like to become anonymous?