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Em Sieler (b.1999, they/them) is a new media and lens-based visual artist in New York, NY. They are currently studying Visual Arts and Computer Science at Columbia University.

I use the camera as a tool to claim ownership of my image in reaction to the violence of viewing and being viewed. I want to reclaim the portrayal of self in opposition to the bodies, stories, and emotions that are deemed acceptable enough to occupy  physical and digital space. Using my body as a medium through performance and self-portraiture, I resist the disembodiment of surveillance in a digital era, and connect with my physical self to discover what remains in the absence of society. I am particularly interested in the performance of the self through social media and the feedback response of digital spaces. I aim to interrogate the role of photography and image creation in the attention economy and the role of the self as social currency across digital landscapes. 
© EM SIELER 2022