Artist: Homeira Mortazavi

Medium:  Oil

Censored by: Instagram, Facebook, TikTok

Date of censorship: November 2020

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

Yes, It was against the community guidelines showing nudity

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

Yes, I did appeal many times. But the response was that my images are too revealing showing breasts. But the final decision was that they can not run my adv.

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

I cannot promote my art to sell!


I am a Canadian Iranian female artist living in Montreal Canada. Not only can I not exhibit my nude artwork in my native country Iran, but also here in Canada it is very difficult to exhibit my nude artworks in cultural centers and galleries. To promote my art and sell some of my small digital nude paintings from “The Iconic Woman Series” I decided to advertise on Instagram. When they rejected, I appealed and they gave me a link to check what kind of images are acceptable and which types are not acceptable. I believe that now my nude figurative paintings I post on social media especially, Instagram are restricted to be seen as an advertisement.  My images were rejected for advertisement on Instagram as well as Tik Tok.

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Artist Instagram: @homeira_art