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How has social media shaped our collective perception of the female nude and what effect has this shift had on our mental health and personal body image? These are some of the themes that sculptor Sam Dawood interrogates through her practice using playful clay objects to create a safe and accessible space for dialogue and debate.
During this one one hour discussion led by Dawood and the NOW Gallery curatorial team attendees will be encouraged to participate in a conversation exploring the dichotomy of shame and sexualisation, censorship and celebration all in relation to nudity with a focus on women’s health. A series of small sculptures created by Dawood specifically for the event will be informed by individuals’ personal experiences and act as provocations for the conversation.
About Sam Dawood
Sam Dawood (born 1995) studied at Central Saint Martins and Wimbledon College of Art. Dawood’s transgressive sculptures created with a playfulness aimed to engage viewers in accessible conversations about the censorship of bodies and the consent (or lack of consent) around their continual sexualization. Her work has recently been included in The British Library’s exhibition The Fight for Women’s Rights with Bloody Good Period and The Vagina Museum’s permanent collection. Dawood is currently living in the East End of London.