This colour photograph of an urban setting shows building façades covered in graffiti. A man dressed all in black, his face blurred, is preparing to throw something toward the camera.

Jon Rafman

(b. Montréal 1981)


“22 Rue Maurice Audin, Le Blanc-Mesnil, Île-de-France” (from the series The Nine Eyes of Google Street View, ongoing since 2009)


Archival pigment print mounted on Dibond aluminium

101.6 x 162.6 cm

Courtesy of the artist

© Jon Rafman

The Nine Eyes of Google Street View is a series of photographs created by the artist Jon Rafman using screenshots appropriated from the Google Street View archive. In 2007, Google began dispatching vehicles equipped with GPS units and 360-degree cameras to capture views along roads, streets and other byways around the globe. The images assembled by the artist reveal acts of violence, isolated areas and unexpectedly beautiful landscapes. Together, they constitute a critique of the omnipresence of surveillance in everyday life.

The Montréal artist Jon Rafman studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since 2008, he has used video, sculpture, photography and installation to explore the impact of technology and digital media on the perception and experience of today’s world. His work is rooted in Internet and video game culture, but it is also in dialogue with the history of art. Showcased in galleries, museums and prestigious journals, Rafman’s creations have met with remarkable success in Canada and beyond.