What message is Milo Moire’s act sending?
Milo Moire, a Swiss artist, is known for her nude performances and using her body in her art.
Over years, many of her initiatives have brought her in the limelight and have also left her arrested.
Her voice and expression are different. She has walked nude in a museum with a child and has clicked nude selfies in front of Eiffel Tower. She has painted herself and stood on the streets to support crime against women. All without a piece of thread. In her latest one in Europe, she invited the public to touch her private parts for thirty seconds.
The message on her mind – Women’s right to not be touched without consent.
Give women equal rights. Agree to that.
Provide a safe space for women to live without fear. Agree to that.
Accept breastfeeding in public. Agree to that.
Don’t shame menstrual blood. Agree to that.
In my mind, a good effort should yield a measurable result and there should be some way to also measure the impact. When acid attack victims set up a cafe, they wanted to not let their identity fade because of their looks. They wanted to be a part of the society and their efforts continue to have a positive impact. The cafe has given these women independence and clients visit these cafes.
As I think more and more about Moire’s performance, the lesser sense it makes to me. Walking half nude in public and inviting others to touch is vulgar. More so, connecting that to women’s rights is illogical.
Using a camera to catch actions. What does that mean?
Putting the videos up on the website. Why?
Asking people to pay if they want to watch an uncensored version? This is the part I call business. An act of selling porn videos. How is that women’s right?
I have spoken of freedom of expression on this blog many times. We have seen a multitude of campaigns that speak of women’s right. We have seen many women coming together to spread a message about social issues. An activist has to understand the difference between what’s freedom and what’s not.
I am no expert in defining expression or what an art like this means. But if instead of supporting, a person calls up the cops to have you arrested, something is not right.
An act like this will become the talk of the town and an office gossip. Will people talk about the message? And if the message is lost, isn’t the purpose lost?