Performance Art - Plastic Fruit for Hungry Mouths
An original performance art piece by Michael Frederick Ahmad Anne Slagill News Editor The passing of Proposition 8 has inspired protests throughout San Diego, including one this past weekend that attracted an estimated 25000 participants. While some activists marched en masse, junior Michael Ahmad chose to lock himself in a cage. His artistic demonstration, which he titled Plastic Fruit for Hungry Mouths, drew a crowd outside of the USD University Center during dead hours last Thursday. Ahmad sat unspeaking in a metal dog cage that was lined with newspapers. A sign attached to the cage read, Do not feed the homosexuals. Three paper grocery bags placed just out of his reach were filled with plastic fruit and labeled Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Happiness. Some onlookers found the demonstration laughable. I think this is weird and unnecessary, Joey Bailey, a sophomore, said. Others, including Professor Evelyn Diaz-Cruz of the Theater Department, saw it as a poignant example of performance protest. This is heartbreaking. Its humiliating and he puts it right in our face so that we can see how we treat members of our society like animals, Diaz-Cruz said. During his performance, Ahmad shook the cage and signed desperately for food. Many were startled and responded by snapping photos with their cell phones. Others attempted to feed him with plastic fruit from the paper bags. This would not suffice, and he shook his head in disappointment. Ahmad explained the symbolism in an <b>...</b>
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