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SXSW 2018

#NSFW: Sex, Online Persona & Feminist Art

As social media expands the possibilities for self-expression, a new generation of women artists are using the Internet and images of their own bodies to construct elaborate online personas as artistic projects. Unapologetically sexual and frequently censored, their work challenges the role of women as passive objects of desire. Straddling the line between art and autobiography, the artists tackle topics such as celebrity and trauma while engaging public audiences beyond the commercial art world

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  1. How are women artists using social media as a tool for self-representation, marketing, storytelling, and creative production?
  2. Are selfies and user-generated content by women building upon existing feminist art practices or pioneering a new genre of art altogether?
  3. What can these purposefully constructed fictional personas teach us about how everyday people present their lives and identities online?



Lena Chen, Artist, Femina Non Grata

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Brands & Marketing
  • Level: Intermediate
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