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Savannah Spirit

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New York based visual artist, curator and activist Savannah Spirit (b. Los Angeles) has been making pictures 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. Her black and white I Am My Own Muse 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. 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 permanent piece installed in Tom Ford's Houston flagship store.

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