NAME: Ale Di Blasio
PLATFORM & USERNAME: Insta – @censuradautore2
CENSORSHIP: Account Removal

What reason was given for your ban?

Nudity and sexual content.

Why do you think your post(s) was censored?

Instagram doesn’t allow any nudity content, for some people, even if it’s nude art or similar.

Were you able to appeal and what was the response?

I tried to appeal but noone replied back to me.

What effect has your experience of censorship had on you?

Frustration, because all my photos had any genitals adequately covered.

After instagram deleted my account even though the photos were censored, I created @censuradaoutore, a new project in collaboration with several artists.

I thought about the meaning of censorship and how I could turn it into a tool for my own benefit. So if there has to be censorship, it has to be artistic, it has to have a strong aesthetic sense and its function is to tell something that cannot be shown in an ironic way.

But after a few months of publication Instagram still decided to delete @censuradautore’s profile even though no nudity was visible.

I created another account called @censuradautore2 (the 2 indicates the second attempt) and fortunately it is still online even if sometimes photos  are still removed.

What’s one thing you want people to know about this topic?

Censoring nudity is just a way to discourage diversity and alienate people.