What are artist concerns related to your topic and what type of artists are using this topic to express something?
When looking into the concerns around the representation of gender, sexuality and online identity, I found a lot of media based on feminism and the exploitation of women in society e.g. wage gaps between the two genders. Also a concern that was brought up in the Google+ community is about transgender people and the debate about what bathrooms they can use. When looking into artists concerns, it is stated in the way that these topic like gender etc is used to express an overall bigger picture like the objectification of women or the expression of self issues through gender. An example of expressing an self issue through gender is Vivek Shraya (Fig. 1 and Fig.2). After finding images of her mother three years ago, she decided to use her chosen gender to express her feeling towards the issue and the relationship between her mother accepting her choice and how she has felt about being trapped inside a males body. As her mother prayed for boys, Vivek yearned to be a girl and idolized her mother. The second artist I want to look into is Leah Schrager and the way she uses her gender to express the objectification of women. In Fig.3 packaging has been placed over a self-portrait of Leah herself, with a barcodes. Here we are seeing that she is making herself into object/product by placing the packaging over her self-portrait, trying to add emphasis on this idea of women being objects and not actual people.
From looking into these concerns that artists have and how they have used their gender and sexuality to express this, I believe that I will be looking more into the use of gender and sexuality. I would like to look more into gender stereotypes and how this has an effect on the way gender and sexuality is shown in media/ arts.