Artist: Jessie de Boe

Email: jessiedeboe@gmail.com

Medium: Photography

Censored by: Instagram

Date of censorship: June 2019, October 2019

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?

No.

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

Since I have had a few posts removed by Instagram I now always censor my work out of fear that my account will be deleted. Censoring my photographs MAKES them look scandalous when I’m just trying to show the beauty of the body.

Comments

My work explores the body outside of a sexual context. The forced self-censorship of my work creates an entirely different tone to what I’d like to say. It’s affected my work aesthetically and in how it is viewed. I want to show the body as innocent and peaceful but censoring it instantly highlights the “nakedness” of the body and makes it sexual. My “pink” image didn’t even actually show the groin (it probably showed as much skin as a model’s bikini thong) but it was removed. What is so threatening about the human body that it needs to be censored and removed? I believe that it is important for images of unedited bodies to exist on Instagram as a counter to all of the impossibly photoshopped ones. Bodies shown in the media, and daily in the average user’s feed, are heavily edited causing body issues and shame.

Artist Website: jessiedeboe.me

Artist Instagram: @jessiedeboe