Trevor Paglen’s Badge of Silence

One of the insignias from Trevor Paglen‘s book I Could Tell You but Then You Would Have to Be Destroyed by Me: Emblems from the Pentagon’s Black World. The work is on display at the Altman Siegel gallery in San Francisco, where this photo was shot today:

In his description of the patch in I Could Tell You, Paglen writes, “The words ‘A Lifetime of Silence’ no doubt refer to the fact that members of this unit or project cannot speak about what the do.” The above patch was displayed as part of a set of five. The exhibit runs through April 11, 2009.

Previous coverage of Paglen includes his performance at the 2004 Activating the Medium Festival (“Let’s Active”) and his presence in the Dark Matters exhibit at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 2007 (“Dark Matters at the Yerba Buena”). More on Paglen at Visit the Altman Siegel gallery at

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