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Image of the week: 26 April-2 May, 2021

Beautiful Asian woman in red lingerie covering herself with hands with surreal painting of herself on wall in composite NSFW art work
To be seen as an object

This is an example of an image I really like but am unable to post on social media. I conceptualized this set to bring about the idea of female agency and wonderful model Minh-Ly brought it to life beyond my imagining.

But then I discovered that Instagram's primitive AI and moderators interpret it as 'boob-squeezing,' despite the recent controversy. I intend this work to stand for the societal hypocrisy that invites us to admire the painted image of a demure pose but rejects the strong, empowered woman, who challenges us with her direct gaze.

Are all nudes necessarily objectionable or objectifying? The post-modernist John Berger thought so:

“In his book on the nude, Kenneth Clark says that being naked is simply being without clothes. The nude, according to him, is a form of art. I would put it differently: to be naked is to be oneself; to be nude is to be seen naked by others and yet not recognised for oneself. A nude has to be seen as an object in order to be a nude.”
-- John Berger, Ways of Seeing, 1972

What do you think?

See more thought-provoking works like this in the Body Double gallery…

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