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Before "Fake News", Photograph from my NoShow series at Eyes on MAIN Street, Wilson NC

Before "Fake News", Photograph from my NoShow series at Eyes on MAIN Street, Wilson NC

In the early spring of 2016, amidst the media blitz of the 2016 Presidential Election, I noticed something very strange happening online. All across the United States, Facebook users, some real some fake, were creating event invitations for obscure and hard to believe public concerts in unlikely places. The first to catch my attention was “Fred Durst LIVE at Rose's Department Store”. Thousands had RSVP’d and many commented, shared, and argued about the veracity of the event. I knew I needed to show up. The day of the event I made portraits of the those who showed up. The fake event sparked a several months journey for me as I attended dozens more of these events across the country that summer. The project as I could sense was touching on one of the real world examples of how the uncharted territory of social media was falsely shifting peoples opinions, beliefs and even actions. More of the series NoShow can be viewed here.

The day before the 2016 Presidential election I was interviewed on the BBC’s technology program Click and months later the project was introduced as a major solo exhibition in Merignac France for the Merignac Photographic Festival in 2017.

Most recently, one of the images from NoShow was selected for a group exhibition here in my home state. I am excited that the photograph “Hoods Up, 2016” will be on display in large format for the 5th Edition of EYES on MAIN Street in Wilson, NC. The festival officially opens April 27th, 2019 and I’m so excited to be showing at this exhibition once again.

Hoods Up, 2016 / Morganton, NC

Hoods Up, 2016 / Morganton, NC

NoShow: Official release of new work by Eric Pickersgill

NoShow: Official release of new work by Eric Pickersgill

NoShow

"  Back to Back Clouds  ", Wilmington, NC 2016

"Back to Back Clouds", Wilmington, NC 2016

This spring I became immersed in the fake Facebook event phenomenon where people were creating and promoting bogus concerts online. I set out to photograph as many as I could, even if that meant photographing a rural South Carolina video rental store at 2:30am. Like my Removed series, this body of work relies heavily on direct interaction with other humans while I explore the messy intersection of the physical and virtual world. In simplest terms, the project is an example of the divisiveness and manipulation that occurs through our beloved social media platforms.

The entire series and statement can be found at www.noshow.social


**Today (November 1, 2016) around 3:30pm EST I will be speaking about NoShow on the BBC during the radio show Click. You can launch the BBC Live Player here.

Thanks for looking!

"I Love Limp", Morganton, NC 2016

"I Love Limp", Morganton, NC 2016

"I Love Limp", Morganton, NC 2016

"I Love Limp", Morganton, NC 2016

"MGMT", Morganton, NC 2016

"MGMT", Morganton, NC 2016

 

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