Artist: Gala Garrido

Medium: Digital Photography

Censored by: Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr

Date of censorship: December 2011, and many times more, I’ve tried several times.

Was there notification of removal? If so, what was the reason given?

Against community guidelines.

Was there the opportunity to appeal? If so, did you appeal and what was the response?


What, if any, were the consequences of the removal for you? 

Frustration, I can’t show my work on any platform other than my website.


I am aware that I am violating community policy, but my content is art, and I have seen really violent and offensive content that is not penalized. Once I uploaded an image on instagram of a performance I did where there were two women kissing; the shot was both their faces – it was taken down. I have many people who denounce me and when people report your work, it is much more likely that it will be taken down. My theory is that the other violent work mentioned above is just not reported by anyone, so it stays up.

Artist’s website:

Artist’s Instagram: @galagalo