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Art, Naked Bodies and Activism: New Ways of Political Expression Through Art

About two weeks ago, an extremely good-looking female activist marched through London wearing almost nothing but body paint in bid to save birds.

The activist’s name is Hannah Bourne-Taylor, and she made a speech on behalf of the swift population at Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park, wearing only a G-string underwear piece and the impressive pictorial work by artist Bruno Daniele on her skin.

Bourne-Taylor is a conservationist unafraid of the British autumn weather who stated: “I stand here today, as a go-between for swifts, to ask for your comradery, because they need our help.” From Hyde Park Corner, she marched, almost completely naked on a cold November day in London, to Buckingham Palace and Downing Street during her protest.

It is not surprising that Bourne-Taylor recurred to art to put across her message: she is a creative woman who has been a photographer focussing on horses and worked as a copywriter in the branding industry. As a cultured person, she has ghostwritten and edited books, including working closely with Anne Glenconner on her bestselling ‘Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown’, and with Norman Scott for ‘An Accidental Icon’.

Bourne-Taylor is completely engaged in the conservation of the natural world, and as she puts it on her website: ‘Nature brings me joy, fuels my curiosity and constantly shows me how to live my best life. I want to contribute to protecting the obscure, resilient, efficient, beautiful natural world’.

We admire Bourne-Taylor for the way she has approximated art to her intention of safeguarding the existence of wild birds. She is teaching us how art can be a great weapon for individuals who want to make a difference, no matter how small, when it comes to instil ecological and conservationist values in communities, both near and far away ones.


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