The Artistic Performance That Shows The Hypocrisy Towards Big Breasts
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The Artistic Performance That Shows The Hypocrisy Towards Big Breasts

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By: Diego Cera

March 7, 2017

Art The Artistic Performance That Shows The Hypocrisy Towards Big Breasts
Avatar of Diego Cera

By: Diego Cera

March 7, 2017



And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground,
and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life;
and man became a living soul.

–Genesis 2:7 (KJB)



We aren't a hundred percent sure what we're really made of. Whether it's from stardust, corn, or mud, we don't know why exist or why we're here. The only thing we can be sure of is that we pursue knowledge and beauty above all things. It's nonsense to feel inferior in a world we have managed to tame to suit our needs. 


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As mankind's lifestyle became more complex and structured by mores and rules, we began to feel ashamed of our bodies, as if the stain of Adam and Eve's sin was somehow visible on our skin. The vast expanse of our naked skin scared us and this vulnerability made us shy away from the nakedness of others, suddenly it was forbidden and shocking to gaze at our natural state. It seems that thanks to the industrialization of society and the consumerism that prevales within it, we have fashioned ourselves as products wrapped with fabrics designed for any and all situations.


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Our connection to nature has been severed and this spirituality has been marketed and become just another product to be consumed. Shame, shyness, and coyness have been hammered into the very core of our consciousness and few bother to ask why nakedness is so terrible. People like Jennifer Binnie, Christine Binnie, and Wilma Johnson caused a fuzz when they used their naked bodies to defy this system through artistic expression.

«Part of the thing of doing the Neo Naturists was using women as women, rather than them being a sort of object. Historically in Art, the woman is the model and the muse, and not the person who’s actually making the work about their naked bodies. So we were turning that around [sic].»

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Even before the emergence of groups like Femen–who got naked under the motto "In order to see my breasts first you must read my message"– these three performance artists were already using their bodies as canvases to tell the world that every single body is beautiful and doesn't need to be packaged and valued according to the quality of the material. Nowadays, groups are highly organized and structured when it comes to their protests, but the movement promoted by the by the "Neo-Naturists" was everything but that. They would just appear randomly in public, showing their naked bodies. 


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On July 24, 2016, these artists revealed their identities, 35 years after their first performance in a gallery in London. When they began the project, they realized people didn't really care about the fact that they were naked; all the assistants to the exhibition assumed nakedness as something normal. However, fastfoward 35 years, they noticed that now the attendants appeared uncomfortable because these women had big breasts and wrinkles all over their bodies. This only exposed the double standards of art and how people still believe nudity can only be appreciated when the body is young and fits the established canons.


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Sources:
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BBC
Milenio


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Translated by María Isabel Carrasco Cara Chards


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