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Artist puts women’s Tinder and LinkedIn pics together

A man collected shots of women within his radius on the dating app and found their names to look up their professional photos in the name of art

If you put your profile picture on Tinder next to your picture on LinkedIn, they’d look nothing alike. And why would they? One is to attract potential sexual partners and the other is to attract potential employers or nurture working relationships. One Belgian artist looked to explore this point of difference in his latest work – and caught a lot of heat for it.

When Dries Depoorter previewed some pieces from new project Tinder In, the internet at large wasn’t happy. Why? Each piece shown is a double female portrait: on one side, a woman’s professional headshot, on the other, an intimate, casual shot. One woman, for example, is pictured from the shoulders up on the left, and on the right, is shown reclining back wearing a bikini. To get these pictures, Depoorter used his Tinder profile to collect pictures of random women within his radius and then look up their LinkedIn profile pictures. The idea? To show how everyone is guilty of these split online personalities, including himself.

But the criticism people had with the work was pretty valid. Namely, these women had had their pictures used without permission. The viewer is invited to judge women for trying to have a successful career and have a sex life at the same time and using different "personalities" to do it.

Speaking to the Creators Project, Depoorter defended his work against claims of public shaming, explaining that the photos revealed are only the beginning of the project: “That’s not what I intend with this series at all. The only reason they were women is because I used my own Tinder profile to collect them, so I only got women. For the full series I want to include men as well.”

He has since backtracked by uploading double portraits comparing male photos on his website and blurred out the faces of the women in the images.

Because the gender specificity wasn’t the only issue with Tinder In. When asked whether the random female subjects know about being included in his work he replied, “No, these women do not know they’re part of the project. I didn’t ask their permission. I know it’s a bit bad, but I could not resist. I’m getting a bit worried, actually. I’ve published six photos so far, and I’m expecting an email of one of the girls demanding the photos to be taken offline.” 

Dazed reached out to Depoorter for comment but have received no reply. 

If anything, the series has reminded people how easy it is to get all your information online. From Tinder profile to your other accounts, it’s easy to create a full picture of someone and their life at just a click of a button. No one online “you” is isolated.