The Audrey Samsara (video)

Date: 2004

Region: North America

Subject: Nudity

Medium: Film Video

Artist: Amy Jenkins

Confronting Bodies: Salvatore Ferragamo, clothing designers

Dates of Action: May, 2004

Location: New York, New York

Description of Artwork: Jenkins's video installation, The Audrey Samsara, features Jenkins breast feeding her 18-month-old daughter and putting her to sleep.

The Incident: Ferragamo commissioned Jenkins and several other artists to create art inspired by objects in their 5th Avenue store. Jenkins chose a pair of red baby shoes called the "Audrey" shoes. Coincidentally, her daughter's name is also Audrey. The piece was part of the store's Sweet and Sour exhibition, which promised "a fashionable exhibition of provacative paradoxes." When Ferragamo recieved a complaint, calling Jenkins's work "Tasteless," they pulled it from the exhibit.

Results of Incident: Jenkins hopes that her piece will be viewed elsewhere; unfortunately, it was made especially for Ferragamo's 42-inch widescreen television.

Source: The Daily News, 5/11/04