Natasha Caruana is no stranger to online criticism. Her ethically charged performative processes wrestle with the delicate balance of love and hate, calling into question widely held ideals of morality and our mediated perceptions of betrayal. In this talk Natasha will discuss the 'online troll' from both sides of the screen - from those who champion the 'troll' as a dark critic of the technological age, transforming online antagonism into an art form in its own right, to those who have confronted their trolls in an act of defiance, driven by the desire to understand these impersonal attackers.
Natasha will speak about her project Married Man and reflect on the online reception of this work, questioning the value of her own online criticism and where it falls in terms of a mode of photographic engagement. Natasha will reveal how, through personal experience, she and other artists have been able to capture and utilise their online criticism, taking back control and empowering themselves and others.
Through her conversation with a second female artist, Natasha will highlight the diverse effects of trolling on the artist and the individual. Together they hope to unpick some of the repercussions of instant, remote online feedback, focusing on the particular experience of female artists and the way this plays into the creative process.