The Naked Life video-performance is based on Written Comments of the European Roma Rights Centre Concerning Germany For Consideration by the United Nations Human Rights Committee at its 80th Session, 2004. I read the fates of different Roma families taken from the report?s segment on deportations. Each testimony is more disturbing than the previous one. While reading, I strip my own clothing from my body, remaining naked in the end and symbolically vulnerable as bare life. Artist Tanja Ostoji??s ongoing interdisciplinary project Naked Life (2004?2011) investigates issues of discrimination of Roma and Sinti, the largest minorities in Europe. The project deals with bare life, social and political exclusion, deportation, racism, state racism, biopolitics, xenophobia, and diverse cultural identities.... More...

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