Erica Simone in a Naked Urbanite in NYC
This was her motivation:
“Watching this image-absorbed union of people around me care more about the sales at Barney’s than the homeless people they step over in the subway, it makes me think: What would we do without clothes? How would we portray ourselves to other people? How would we show our social status to obtain the treatment we want or deserve from others?”
Erica photographed herself nude while riding the subway, shoveling snow, getting a hot dog and other mundane tasks. Through this project she in part challenges people’s and society’s attitudes toward nudity. The third photo below depicts Erica naked on a cop car, getting arrested by an officer. This photo was actually staged and meant to point out the absurdity of simple nudity being illegal. She says in an interview, “The fact that one can be arrested for public nudity seems like a violation of human rights…. It just doesn’t make any sense, that’s how we are born!” Read the full interview here.
Her upcoming show, “Nue York: Self-Portraits of a Bare Urban Citizen,” will exhibit the photos at the Dash Gallery in Soho April 14th to 28th 2011.
Video: Erica talks about her project on NBC
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