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Censored Bodies is a publication that reveals an interesting representation of 21st century society’s contradicting views on the image of the human body. This gallery of selected artistic photographs from different creatives from around the world portray the inconsistencies of online censorship when it comes to dealing with natural images of real raw female bodies.
The relationship between artists and social media platforms is complicated, while social media represent an essential tool for emerging artists to be known it also enforces boundaries and this contradicts what art is about, shaping the way artists produce their work to comply with the community guidelines. Facebook and Instagram prohibit posting “naked private parts, sexual activity, discriminatory, unlawful, hateful, pornographic photos”. In contrast with their unforgiving policies regarding sexuality they are more permissive towards depictions of graphic violence.
The purpose of this publication is not to dismiss the importance of censorship in our society but to question if the most popular social networks — like Facebook and Instagram — have the right mechanisms of removing inappropriate content while also being up to date with the views of our society at present times.