spencer tunick takes nude installation to facebook and instagram's new york HQ
 

spencer tunick takes nude installation to facebook and instagram's new york HQ

artist spencer tunick has staged more than 75 large-scale installations comprising hundreds or thousands of nude participants in both urban and natural settings across the globe. however, in order to share his art on instagram and facebook, he is tasked with meticulously censoring himself by individually blurring each and every nipple and, even when he does, the photographs are often flagged and eventually removed. ‘the work I’m allowed to post is fundamentally different from the work I make,’ tunick explains. ‘to me, every pixelated nipple only succeeds in sexualizing the censored work. as a 21st century artist, I rely on instagram. it’s the world’s magazine and to be censored on it breaks my spirit.’


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at sunrise on june 2, 2019, tunick gathered 125 people to pose nude in front of facebook and instagram’s headquarters in new york city for the national coalition against censorship’s (NCAC) #wethenipple campaign. participants in the art action challenged social media censorship by covering their nipples with stickers of photographed male nipples — an act to ‘highlight the rigid — and anachronistic — gender inequality in existing nudity policies’. the imagery celebrates the work of feminist artist micol hebron, who created a male nipple pasty in 2014 and encouraged fellow artists to use it to cover female nipples on social media.


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NCAC has written an open letter to facebook, parent of instagram, calling for a change in the polices of both social media platforms to allow photographic artistic nudity. both NCAC and tunick are calling on the companies to follow a path taken by youtube over a decade ago, which changed its terms of service to allow artistic nudity. over 250 signatories, including prominent artists, museums and arts organizations have signed on to the campaign. read NCAC’s official letter to facebook here.


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  • Such an important issue. Unfortunately this artist is not quite “celebrating” Micol Hebron’s work but rather appropriating without credit. While your article mentions her, he seems to have dodge to mention her himself in all the interviews and presentations of his work or to have connected with her to check in and see how they could actively/actually collaborate together *before* the project was already in motion.
    I believe in mash-up practices, believe me, but this is straight up “dude taking idea from woman artist and not crediting her”. Micol Hebron’s “Male nipples” is an fantastically relevant work addressing not only the censorship practices of nipples-on-women-identified-bodies by social media in our era but the organization of these bodies in real life as well.
    Thank you for mentioning her in your article but let’s tell it like it is!

    Rebecca Ladida says:
  • I am in agreement with Rebecca (above) and was going to write a similar comment. Micol Hebron has been doing important work and needs to be better known.

    Miriam says:

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