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We have commissioned British pop singer and songwriter Charli XCX for our latest artist fusion with a live current affairs issue.  

Working in partnership with Tate Liverpool, we invited Charli to break from her current global tour with Taylor Swift & Camilla Cabello to respond to the themes of “Life in Motion: Egon Schiele/Francesca Woodman, the exhibition running at Tate Liverpool.

Charli was arrested by the self-portrait photography of Francesca Woodman – often described as the “mother of the selfie” – and the modern ramifications for the social media generation, depictions of the female form, and distinctions between a female or male gaze.   

Following her trip to Liverpool and as part of her response to the exhibition, Charli has now started reached out to a broad selection of women she knows across personal, music and arts landscapes, and asked them to take part in a wider digital conversation about their bodies and body image.   

We created a short the film of Charli’s Tate visit which features the private responses of Wolf Alice, Rina Sawayama and Nadya Tolokonnikova (Pussy Riot) and the screengrabs of their response, which have been shared by Charli openly across social media platforms to provoke and inspire young women to think about their own representations of their bodies in selfie fixated culture. 

Check out the video in full below, and jump on RRU socials to join in the debate @rrunews

Images by Michelle Roberts

Film Director Alex Harrison

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