Aliza Shvarts Is A College Student Who Clearly Needs Attention:
Art major Aliza Shvarts '08 wants to make a statement.
Beginning next Tuesday, Shvarts will be displaying her senior art project, a documentation of a nine-month process during which she artificially inseminated herself "as often as possible" while periodically taking abortifacient drugs to induce miscarriages. Her exhibition will feature video recordings of these forced miscarriages as well as preserved collections of the blood from the process.
The goal in creating the art exhibition, Shvarts said, was to spark conversation and debate on the relationship between art and the human body. But her project has already provoked more than just debate, inciting, for instance, outcry at a forum for fellow senior art majors held last week. And when told about Shvarts' project, students on both ends of the abortion debate have expressed shock . saying the project does everything from violate moral code to trivialize abortion.
But Shvarts insists her concept was not designed for "shock value."
Not for shock value? What the hell is the purpose of inseminating yourself multiple times, forcing an abortion each time and then documenting the entire thing if it's not for shock value? Some folks are saying this entire thing is a farce and she's putting on a charade (albeit an incredibly disgusting one) with menstrual blood. I bet she'd learn a lesson if this publicity stunt resulted in an STD or transferable disease of some other kind. If the video leaks, I'll post it...
Update: 'And, You Know..' She's Not All That Smart Either.
Update: BUSTED - Yale Student's art project is 'creative fiction.'