“MILO IN PARIS” resembles a bad movie story of a looking-glass world.
An artist who strikes for freedom of the arts in real life has been deprived of her freedom for that reason. The swiss performance artist Milo Moiré has been arrested in Paris Sunday 5th of July 2015 in the afternoon. She performed her conceptual artwork “Naked Selfies” at Trocadéro place in front of the Eiffel Tower taking selfies with passersby, contrary to the others Milo Moiré was naked. The work aims to comment on self-exposure in a social media age.
The time in jail cell was a nightmare for Milo Moiré. Despite all that she wants to emphasize that the policewomen and men treated her friendly.
“I’m free, I received a written caution.
They could capture my body, but my mind remains free. Freedom is the greatest good in our society.
I will continue and perform the “naked selfie” in other countries.
Au revoir Paris, nonetheless I will be still in love with you… Liberty, quality, fraternity ?”
“NAKED SELFIES” by MILO MOIRÉ
Milo Moiré takes up the current Selfie-Mania and reinterprets it. The performance “Naked Selfies” caricatures the current pop-cultural mass phenomenon of self-exposure. The artist embody through her performance the voluntary baring of individuals in social media. We all reveal ourselves constantly on Facebook and Instagram, says Moiré, showing where we are, with whom, what we’re doing…in fact, exhibiting all kinds of sensitive personal data in this digital world.
The artist calls for posing together and confronts the selfie-willing people with the intimacy of her naked body. “Through the immediate high level of intimacy, the subject behaves differently than when taking a regular selfie, “because of my obvious presence, a new meta level of self-staging emerges”, Milo Moirés says.
In the coming months she will perform in different places her performance “Naked Selfies”. Make way for the Real Life staging by use of analog self-exposure!
Photos: ©Peter Palm