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What is beauty: Surviving the 21st century of Instagram as an average person

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Hi everyone! For November, Politics, Philosophy, and Big Ideas will take a look at beauty in the 21st century. What does it mean to be beautiful? How are standards of beauty determined? What does capitalism have to do with shaping our perceptions, especially in the age of hyper-consumerism, addictive social media apps, and Photoshop? Our guest host, artist and curator Kaitlin Chan, will take us through her ideas on this topic and more.

Here's a description of her talk from Kaitlin herself:

"Kaitlin Chan, a certified average looking person, will present on the social construction of beauty, as well as how the "hetero-economy of looks" (a term coined by Tony Tulathimutte) works in tandem with capitalism and white supremacy to reify existing structures of power and domination. Using memes, comics and news items, Chan will outline how to survive as a average looking person in the 21st century of Instagram."

About our host Kaitlin

Kaitlin Chan is an artist and curator from Hong Kong. She works for a non-profit gallery, and is also a contributing cartoonist to Art Agency, Partners/ Sotheby's In Other Words newsletter, as well as a contributing editor to the independent online magazine Still/Loud