Taylor Yocom (b. 1992, Des Moines) holds a BFA in Photography from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Visual Art from Washington University in St. Louis’s Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. Her photography and video based practice explores the gender performativity of femininity - particularly “female niceness” – through tropes of performance and an overload of pink. Most notably, her photography series Guarded has been covered in dozens of media outlets such as Huffpost and Buzzfeed. She has given lectures about the work and exhibited the series on college campuses across the United States. Recently, she was included in the 2018 HTMlles Biennial Festival in Montreal and was in residence at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris.