home from college in 1986
alexandra j auger
In Bnei Brak, an Israeli city whose population is mostly ultra-orthodox, there is a disturbing phenomenon - advertising signs with images of women on them are being ripped by ultra-orthodox men who believes that women should only be shown dressed modestly enough. The sleeves must cover the elbows, skirts must hide the knees and hair should be hidden as well.
The Israeli advertising agency “Twisted" decided to use that habit, and created a poster that hides another poster under it. 24 hours after the sign was hanged, the picture of the model was ripped and the message was exposed:
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
oh that’s brilliant.
Issey Miyake, s/s 1985
“ Flora or fauna, we are all shape-shifters and magical reinventors. Life is really a plural noun, a caravan of selves. ”
Cut off my arm. I say, “Me and my arm.” You cut off my other arm. I say, “Me and my two arms.” You… take out… take out my stomach, my kidneys, assuming that were possible… and I say, “Me and my intestines.” Follow me? And now, if you cut off my head… would I say, “Me and my head” or “Me and my body”? What right has my head to call itself me?
Roman Polanski, The Tenant
“ Don’t wait to realize you shouldn’t have waited. ”
Pruszkowski. Falling Star, 1884.