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January 10, 2007

To Depress Rents, Tel Aviv Dopes Pose Cardboard Whores On Streets

More "Whores For Low Rent."

Story at Gawker.

The idiots doing this bill themselves as a "Creative Co-Op."

Yes, very creative. A public stunt involving sex. That hasn't been done yet, at least not since brunch.

Nine months pregnant and 45 years old, Tasha Diamant is standing buck-naked to the prairie.

To be completely accurate, Diamant is actually in the middle of a near-empty ballet studio, in the middle of this conservative southern Alberta city, in the middle of winter. But the buck-naked part is bang on. For the most part, she is silent and motionless. Once in a while she cradles her very-pregnant belly. Or takes a sip of water. That's about it.

The rest of her Human Body Project is left to the emotions of the audience and her darting eyes, which at times appear to be signalling something between panic and pain.

"It's a pretty weird thing to do," the artist, teacher and mother confesses during a fully clothed interview.

"It's very out of my comfort zone to stand up in front of people naked."

More than 15 years have passed since actress Demi Moore's ground-breaking naked photo shoot for Vanity Fair magazine while she was seven months pregnant.

Diamant's project, however, is more about the vulnerability of the human race.

She wasn't even pregnant during her first show last March, when more than 70 people turned up.

Participants are discouraged from chatting but are free to express themselves writing, drawing, painting or even using one of the open mikes.

"I cry for your courage, bravery and incredible strength," one woman wrote on a poster.

"I am a woman - 31 years old - who has spent every day hiding behind labels, clothes, expectations and truly ridiculous beliefs. Spending my days trying to cover who I am. But today I see you."

Diamant says it's about shaking up perceptions and opening minds. She wants her own naked body to represent humankind and the earth itself - with all its flaws, vulnerability and fragility.

"Everything from body image to sexuality to religion gets in the way of just seeing the fragile naked body," she says.

Also getting in the way: Clothing.

"I think for many people who have gotten something from the project, my use of my naked body has helped them connect with their own humanity - that alone is a small way of moving humanity forward."

Her second show in Lethbridge - just weeks away from her due date - is a different game. Only 19 people turn up, including friends and helpers.

Moving humanity forward, three people at a time.

Godspeed, Godiva.

I'll be impressed when a leftist "artist" attempts moving humanity forward without showing her cha-cha. Now that, truly, would be an innovation.

Annoying. She shows her she-junk in front of a room full of containing strangers and it's "art" and an "act of bravery." And yet when I rub my man-pooter on the cafetorium windows of the St. Sebastian School For Boys, it's "indecent exposure" and "just plain weird."

Maybe if I dressed it up with a website everything would be copacetic.

Almost Hitting For The Cycle: The ass-painter. He seems to appreciate the ridiculousness of this. No talk of "moving humanity forward" here. He just likes sticking his dumper into pigments.

Thanks to JackStraw for that.

Moving Humanity Forward? Or Just Plain Exibitionism? Hobgoblin finds her website, which has a (NSFW) slide-show of her "art."

Here's the thing. 90% of the pictures are of audience members. All three of them, photographed twenty times each.

So is this really about moving humanity forward, or convincing herself that people really crave seeing her sex-tarantula?


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