Artist: Juliana Mar
Censored by: Instagram
Date of Censorship: April 2018; the polaroid December 2016
Was there notification of removal? If so was a reason given?
There was notification but most of the times you can hardly see what photo it is. The reason was just it against community guidelines.
Was there the opportunity to appeal? If so, did you appeal and what was the response?
I can’t recall in particular, but when there’s the opportunity to do so, it always comes back with the same answer -“it violates community guidelines”. I never won an appeal ever.
What, if any, were the consequences of the removal for you?
In order to cope with the frustration and the hypocrisy of double standards I had to post the photos already censored, trying to do so in the less invasive possible so there’s still dignity towards the work – the white strips are visible under the scribble in this image. But it’s always unpredictable, sometimes photos are still banned, while others I find more edgy regards community guideline stay. In this photo I vented my frustration and this is how the image is seen on Instagram now.