‘I AM MY OWN MUSE’ A NEW VISUAL STORY BY VISUAL ARTIST/ACTIVIST ‘SAVANNAH SPIRIT’
A Dynamic Take On Nudity In Social Media
New York based visual artist, curator & activist, Savannah Spirit, created this dynamic new visual story to challenge the idea of what nudity in social media is and means for today’s exclusive NAKID feature editorial titled, ‘I Am My Own Muse‘. The series applies modern ideas of feminism while exploring it in the context of social media where her work is often flagged for nudity and deemed “unsafe.” By reducing the body to graphic forms of black and white stripes, the shadows morph the body into shapes. This series dares to subvert the power dynamics of the photographer and the subject, particularly for the medium’s gendered history.
Washing her nude body under different juxtapositions of light and shadow, she claims authorship of both maker and model roles. Using her iphone as her shutter release, Savannah becomes her own muse, redefining what it means to be a woman in a #metoo society. I AM MY OWN MUSE is about power and owning your body; Not asking for permission and not holding back. The heart of Savannah’s work is about defining oneself and the importance of freedom of expression.
Savannah was born in Los Angeles, CA and has been taking photographs since she was 7 years old. In the last few years, Savannah has embarked on a journey of self discovery, turning the lens on herself, as well as her surroundings. The heart of her work is about defining oneself and the importance of freedom of expression. As an activist, Savannah has dedicated her time to photographing important civil rights issues since 2012 including Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, People’s Climate March, Anti-Trump protests, and the Women’s March. In defiance against the stigma around female nudity in the society and social media, she has been battling against censorship of her and others’ work (specifically from Facebook and instagram) through online exhibitions she has organized on Artsy, as well as serving as a curator for dontdelete.art, a website showcasing art banned or deleted on social media with organizations such as The National Coalition Against Censorship and Article 19. Her work has been featured in Forbes, AINT-BAD, Artsy, The Abolitionist, The Nation, LA Weekly, Best American Poetry, BOMB, Vice, W, Capture, Shinding, Dazed, Bullet, Billboard, THE Magazine, and Huffington Post. Savannah’s activism photographs are in the collection at the Henry Ford Museum. Her work is in private collections in Rome, Sao Paolo, London, Miami, New York and Los Angeles, including a permanently installed photograph in Tom Ford’s Houston flagship store.
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