Swiss Artist Arrested for Asking Strangers to Touch Her Vagina
Swiss artist Milo Moiré’s recent “Mirror Box” performance series came to an abrupt end after she was arrested in London this Wednesday. The charges are unknown, but since she was arrested for asking strangers to touch her vagina, we can only assume they were obscenity-related.
Moiré previously held “Mirror Box” performances in Amsterdam and Dusseldorf. According to a press release, “Mirror Box” was a follow-up to her naked protest earlier this year against Cologne’s New Year’s Eve sex attacks. In contrast to the previous protest, “Mirror Box” was intended to explore the nature of consent.
“I am standing here today for women’s rights and sexual self-determination,” she said during the first day of her performance. “Women have a sexuality, just like men have one. However, women decide for themselves when and how they want to be touched, and when they don’t.”
In Amsterdam, she wore a mirrored cube as a top—with an opening in the front, complete with a red velvet curtain—and invited strangers to touch her breasts for 30 seconds. In London’s Trafalgar Square, she took the piece a bit further: wearing a trapezoidal skirt made of mirrors, again with a velvet curtain in the front, she invited passersby to touch her vagina.
According to Dazed, Moiré was arrested in London shortly after the performance began, was forced to spend 24 hours in a prison sell, and had to pay a “4-digit fine.”
Moiré is no stranger to controversy—or to jail time. Last year, she was arrested for taking naked selfies at the Eiffel Tower. Past works of hers include walking around Art Basel Miami naked while holding a baby, and “giving birth” to a painting by expelling paint eggs from her vagina.
After being released, Moiré called her most recent arrest an example of the lack of unity that has begun to plague Europe. In Amsterdam, police were not bothered by her performance—only by the noise coming from her megaphone. “Laws within the continent should be regulated uniformly,” she said in a press release. Her comments are perfectly timed, given that the UK is voting today about whether or not they’ll be leaving the European Union.
She also addressed the vote in her release, saying, “Europe is like a big family. in which you can’t choose the members and you prefer some more than the other, but what Europe unites is the blood of freedom, which flows in all. Keeping Great Britain in the EU makes this family stronger.”
Images via Dazed.
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