Lookism, Faceism, & the Working Artist

Lookism, or discrimination based on physical attractiveness, is an umbrella term that can help describe inequities such as ableism, fatphobia, and the lesser-known faceism.

Faceism, as the name suggests, is the discrimination of an individual because of their facial difference, be it congenital or a result of an accident or illness. As the community of people with facial differences is relatively small, faceism is often overlooked, but it can have longterm effects on an individual’s social, professional, and dating lives, as well as their psychological wellbeing.

In the hopes of raising more awareness of the term and to help add it to the conversation of privilege and oppression, Wynne will give a brief introduction to faceism and will be joined by artist Kate Mosher Hall to speak about their experiences as artists –  and people – with facial differences.

Alice Wynne was born in Pasadena with a rare genetic condition. In 2012, Alice wrote Face Value: Understanding and Combating Faceism, the first known zine on faceism. She received a BA in media studies from The Evergreen State College and fronted the music group Defaceman before moving back to LA, where she continues to write about and spread awareness of faceism.  @dogfacedusa

In 2004 Kate Mosher Hall (b.1986 Los Angeles) was shot in the head in a parking lot in Los Angeles. The bullet went in behind her ear and out her mouth. The injury left half of her face paralyzed. Kate is a working artist and musician in Los Angeles. She played drums for the bands Mika Miko and Dunes. Kate received her BFA from Calarts in 2013 and is a MFA candidate at the school of Art at UCLA. @mosherhall

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