Before assisting Kanye West on his short film “Runaway” and then the scenography of his Yeezy fashion shows, feminist artist Vanessa Beecroft was already well established on the American conceptual art scene. For the last 20 years the activist has been questioning the female nude and the female status between object of desire and repulsion, through her performance pieces assembling dozens of women. Installations are often very similar to one another; the protagonists are almost or entirely nude filling the empty spaces in which they find themselves with their bodies. They are instructed not to move apart from to sit or lie down, to remain natural while ignoring the public’s gaze. In an interview with the Guardian newspaper, the artist explained, “This state of passivity is very easy for them; they’ve been well trained to behave like that throughout their lives.” Almost 53 performances, each one entitled VB01 ,VB02, VB03… refer to this body-object status that society either avidly consumes or fiercely rejects.
“This state of passivity is very easy for them; they’ve been well trained to behave like that throughout their lives.”