40th Vulnerability Vigil, 1st companion vigil in another city
Blanshard&Kings Victoria, Robson St side of VAG in Vancouver
Tasha Diamant, M.Ed.
40th Human Body Project Vulnerability Vigil in Victoria
And 1st Companion Vigil in Vancouver
When: Saturday, November 8, 2-3 pm
Where: Vancouver and Victoria
Vancouver: the Robson St. side of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Victoria: the NW corner of Blanshard and Kings
Vulnerable Bodies, Vulnerable Humanity, Vulnerable Planet
Since 2006, SCC and ISC instructor Tasha Diamant has made an ongoing commitment to show up and share vulnerability by standing naked and unscripted in performance and in public. It is challenging, risky work. “I knew that if I felt that the key to humanity moving forward meant dealing with vulnerability, I couldn’t just talk about it,” says Diamant, “I had to walk the talk. That’s why I created the Human Body Project.”
Diamant, who also writes regularly about her experiences, adds that public nudity is still a source of intense unease for her: “For me, it’s not about comfort. Among other things, it’s about provoking a visceral experience.”
The mother of two began taking her work onto the street in 2012, holding a public Human Body Project Vulnerability Vigil at least once a month. Diamant shows up naked for an hour, mostly in Victoria where she lives. Don’t worry, in the colder months she wears a hat and gloves.
People are welcome to join her and often do. On November 8, coinciding with Diamant’s 40th vigil, some committed Vancouverites including comedian Emma Cooper have chosen to hold the first companion vigil in a different city. “I see this as a form of non-violent direct action so I’m really happy that there will be a coinciding Vancouver vigil,” says Diamant.
As a gesture of gentleness to those who are deeply affronted by public nudity, for vigils, Diamant and supporters hold a large sign. On her signs, Diamant chooses a word or symbol to evoke consideration of our mutual vulnerability. For the November vigils, the participants will hold a sign depicting the extinction symbol, which was created to raise awareness about the urgent need for change to address the extinction crisis.
“People are still invested in old ways of being,” says Diamant. “This is an act of being the change.”
The Human Body Project is this week’s cover story in The Martlet: http://www.martlet.ca/culture/vulnerability-on-display-2/
Human Body Project website: www.humanbodyproject.org
Human Body Project Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HumanBodyProject
Human Body Project on twitter @HumanBodyProj: https://twitter.com/HumanBodyProj
Contact: Tasha Diamant, M.Ed.