NOBODY MAKES BODY ART ANYMORE
Is what my friend Elena recently said to me over coffee. She had been writing her honors thesis and was telling me about her research and struggle to write about her own art practice.
WELL YOU DO, SO THAT’S ONE PERSON
was my immediate response. I began to drift off on my own thought cloud. It made me think about the naked body as a form of protest and how
THE NAKED BODY IS NO LONGER SHOCKING AS A FORM OF PROTEST
An Image from Jerry Rubin’s 1970 book ‘DO IT!’ sprung to mind.
A young long haired woman walks down an aisle, she appears to be in a theatre or a venue of some kind, and it looks quite fancy.
Seated on either side are rows of people, they appear to be well dressed and considerably older than the young long haired woman walking.The faces of these people seem to be in shock, displaying expressions of disgust, some appear to be in the process of standing up and others look to be shouting.
The young long haired woman is naked except for a well worn pair of running shoes. She is mid stride and in her hands is a silver platter displaying a pig’s head. She was protesting about something, anything, does it doesn’t really matter now though?
WE LIVE IN CONSERVATIVE TIMES
someone recently said to me, we were discussing the present moment in comparison to the time when the picture described above was published. I wasn’t around at that point but they were- they felt the energy around them change.
I momentarily drift back in conversation with Elena.
HOW CAN WE MAKE THINGS NEW AGAIN