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What It Looks Like When The Concept Of Who The ‘Moochers’ Really Are Is Turned Upside Down

Over a million people have lost their extended unemployment benefits as of the end of 2013, and another 2.5 million are about to over the next few months. Perhaps our priorities are upside down?

What It Looks Like When The Concept Of Who The ‘Moochers’ Really Are Is Turned Upside Down
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Artist Haley Morris-Cafiero describes herself on her website as "part performer, part artist, part provocateur, part spectator." Her recent project, titled "Wait Watchers" has elements of all her self-descriptors.

In an email to us, Morris-Cafiero explained that she set up a camera in the street and stood in front of it, doing mundane activities like looking at a map or eating gelato. While she's standing there she sets off her camera, taking hundreds of photos.

Later, she looks through them and sees what is happening around her. Morris-Cafiero finds that people are often looking at her body, or commenting on it with their gaze or body language, at times even appearing to mock her.

"I then examine the images to see if any of the passersby had a critical or questioning element in their face or body language."

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