Artist: Kirsten Ruginski

Medium: Photography

Censored by: Instagram

Date of censorship: September 2019

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

Against community guidelines: nudity

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

Yes, no response.

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

Threatening to remove my account.


Instagram has been painfully problematic and led to negative mental health episodes as a non-binary artist taking nude self portraits. The politics around the nipple and chest are especially dissociative.

Artist’s instagram: @KirstenRuginskiPhotography