Nude Artist Performs in Headdress; MoMA Apologizes, Creates Native Program
January 13, 2017
New York City’s Museum of Modern Art has apologized to the Native American community after attendees at a performance on January 8 were shocked and enraged by a performance of the French artist Latifa Laâbissi, who performed nude wearing a Lakota Plains-style faux headdress. The performance was entitled “Self Portrait Camouflage” as presented by MoMA PS1 and as a part of their “American Realness 2017” performance series.
During the performance, which has travelled internationally, Laâbissi —who was raised in France by Moroccan-born parents— enters a white stage, nearly nude, wearing only the faux headdress and a small scarf-like French flag. She writhes on the floor, contorts her face and force-feeds herself the flag.