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UCLA Student Health Education and Promotion (SHEP)

Body Liberation Multi-media Art Initiative

In a collaboration, SWC Body Image Task Force (BITF) and Student Health Education & Promotion (SHEP), present a multimedia art showcase centering on the idea of body liberation and all of the emotion that comes with liberating one’s body from outside expectations. The showcase gives volume to student's voices by displaying student artwork in all of its forms, creating a safe space for both celebration and peace.

Want to participate in this awesome art show? Fill out the submission form and upload your artwork! All art forms (digital/video, photography, painting/drawing, etc. are eligible. Art submissions will be uploaded to the website on a rolling basis.

Please visit SHEP’s (@uclahealthed) and BITF’s (@uclabodyimagetaskforce) Instagrams for more programs like these! Also check out BITF’s website for more uplifting content! https://www.bodyimagetaskforce.com/

Featured Artwork

Blooming Mind

Artist: Sofia Orlowiski

Blooming Mind illustration

This image shows a blooming mind. It represents a state of being where the mind and soul are thriving and unencumbered by societal expectations of image. The flowers covering the eyes further symbolizes gaining liberation from how society sees beauty.

mi cuerpo cuir//my queer body

Artist: Luka/Isa Gidwani

Colorful body painting in purple with rainbow around the body

I created this as a reflection of coming to understand my identity in relation to my body and how my mind perceives its appearance and functions. As someone who is transgender, more specifically genderfluid, at times it is hard to comprehend my body and its appearance in respect to my identity. Regardless, i still thank my body for its existence and love it for what it is. I don't want to live up to any cisnormative bodily expectations that are forced onto many trans people and I actively reject it. It has taken a lot of heartbreak and pain to get to this level of self love and acceptance but the universe has opened its arms to me and allows me to be who i am

This image shows a blooming mind. It represents a state of being where the mind and soul are thriving and unencumbered by societal expectations of image. The flowers covering the eyes further symbolizes gaining liberation from how society sees beauty.