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Fly by Yoko Ono, 1970

"Let a fly walk on a woman's body from toe to head and fly out of the window."

"In the same year that she made Freedom (No. 47), Ono made Fly, which likewise developed her concern with the body, women's rights, and her personal search for inner freedom. In Fly, the camera follows several flies in close-up as they alight on the naked body of a woman. For the majority of the film we see only one fly at a time, in extreme close-up shots of the woman's body as it walks boldly into her parted legs, disappearing into her pubic hair. The woman remains unflinching, eyes closed, as the fly walks round the inside of her ear, across her lips and perches on her nipple."

Film production photos and stills © Lenono Photo Archive

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