Not Your Grandma’s Sleeping Beauty

This article is from Issue 60: Nov/Dec 2012

Taras Polataiko, a Canadian-Ukranian artist, has installed a performance art piece in the National Art Museum of Ukraine based on Sleeping Beauty, in which young ladies sleep on a bed in front of museum-goers. But it’s not just make-believe here. Each model is contractually obligated to marry any museum-goer who manages to open her eyes with a kiss. One of the beauties told press, “If it’s my true love, I will feel it on an intuitive level ... What if it’s the only way I’ll meet my soulmate?” As of press time, fate has yet to strike.

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