Yoko Ono's "My Mummy was Beautiful" has caused a bit of a stir. A part of the Liverpool Biennial, Ono's work displays a woman's breast and nipple, and her pubic region ("front bum"...???) on huge vinyl posters across the city's main shopping district. The BBC's message board is filled with gems like:
- Will not shop in Church Street, untill these posters are removed.
- It's natural maybe. But you don't have pictures of people urinating which is also natural do you?
- I think this kind of "art" might be more at home in amsterdams red light area
- Liverpool, listen to the majority of the people and bin the lot.
- No it's not Art, a photograph of a womans n***le is not artistic, I'm not saying photography is not artistic because it can be,just very definately Not on this occasion.
- Once again people with talent are ignored to accomodate someone whose only claim is that she was married to Lennon.
I can understand their outcries - they come from a deep sense of envy. When an average person is valued so little and their opinion and creativity often ignored, it is shocking to them that an idea that is as "simple" as photographed human parts can get an airing at all, let alone a high profile airing. If they turn around and tell their bosses and colleagues that they are going to start an art project involving tits and bums, they will be ridiculed.
I am all in favour of direct and provocative art. And Ono's "My Mummy was Beautiful" is no different. Let this work stir up people's envy, and ignite their creativity! Or just drag their arses out of the sofa and go check out the Walker or the Tate for once!
PS: Stay tuned for more coverage of the Biennial at the Filter^!