Artist: Susan Silas

Medium: Archival inkjet print on Hahnemühle photo rag

Censored by: Instagram

Date of censorship: August 2019

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

Yes, I offended community standards.

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

I didn’t appeal.

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

This was on the occasion of the publication of a catalogue for an exhibition in Germany of a large body of images from my series: love in the ruins; sex over 50. I wanted to create awareness about the catalogue publication. 


Overall I have found that I am less able than friends to share work through Instagram because it is taken down so quickly. I have had images of literal fornication survive because they may not have looked as explicit and because my nipples were not visible.

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Artist’s Instagram: @susansilas