When Bar Rafaeli appeared completely nude on the cover of Esquire, was it performance art? Possibly — we did have an actual artist named James Victore paint the words of Stephen King on her body. Is the above photo? Absolutely, at least according to Milo Moiré, a performance artist and psychologist based in Duesseldorff, Germany.
A few days ago, she decided to strip down to nothing but words — the names of the articles of clothing she normally would be wearing. Then she walked outside, down the street, onto a bus, and lined up for a ticket to Art Basel, the extremely exclusive event that happens every year at the intersection of Switzerland, Germany, and France. Along her 1-hour journey, men and women stopped, stared, smiled, took pictures, and generally let her do her thing. Until authorities at Art Basel stopped her from entering.
Here’s why. “The issue was not that she was nude, but that her nudity was part of a performance that was not part of the platform of galleries presented at Art Basel,” a spokesperson told Esquire. “The fair actually had performance inside taking place with nudity.” Indeed, if she was simply strolling in to the show, and not performing, she could have totally done that! “We do not have any restriction against nudity within the show grounds,” the spokesperson added.
(You can watch the whole trip on this French news site.