Diamant talking to CFAX, on cover of Martlet

Tasha Diamant, M.Ed.
Tasha Diamant on the cover of The Martlet

Tasha Diamant, SCC and ISC instructor, is speaking with CFAX on Monday, November 3 at 11:30 am, about her 40th Human Body Project Vulnerabilty Vigil and the 1st coinciding companion vigil in another city held by supporters in Vancouver.

The Human Body Project is also on the cover of this week's Martlet (UVic's student newspaper).

Since 2006, when Diamant started the Human Body Project, she 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 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.”