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Exposing spies through art, artist Jill Magid created the ‘I Can Burn Your Face’ installation. The sculpture consists of a series of neon lights that reveal secret data from the Dutch secret service AIVD. Since the organization uses the phrase “to burn a face” to indicate when a source has been compromised, Magid decided that playing on the phrase would make a good title.
The secrets divulged in the installation were found by interviewing members of AIVD. After AIVD confiscated parts of the installation, Magid decided to release the rest.
I Can Burn Your Face is composed of 19 different pieces including the title piece. Each one reflects an interview with a different AIVD agent that Magid interviewed.