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Violations of the law of Olivia Loher

Illegal activities like a photo project.

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In 2017, Olivia Loher released a book in which she told, perhaps, about the strangest illegal activity. For several years, the photographer has traveled all of the US states, in each of which violated at least one of the ridiculous laws that still exist there.

These documents serve as a peculiar monument of the legislators’ fantasy, which to this day amazes citizens of many countries. There are even special catalogs in which the most curious cases are collected. In the state of Alaska, for example, it is forbidden to drop moose from low-flying aircraft.

Lokher not only violated state laws, but also documented it thoroughly. In her project “I Fought the Law” (I Fought the Law) she told about all these offenses in a series of ironic photos and published in a separate edition. In the preface, the poet Kenneth Goldsmith noted that the violation of the law had never looked so beautiful.

Looking at these surrealistic photos, you probably wouldn’t even know that these actions are illegal, unless you happen to be arrested for exceeding the number of dildos in Arizona or licking a toad in Kentucky.

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Winter in the middle of March has me wishing for Summer! 👅🍦 #olivialocherfoughtthelaw

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In Alabama, it is illegal to carry ice cream in your back pocket.
It all started when a friend told Olivia about the strange prohibition of wearing ice cream in a back pocket in Alabama. Lokher posted a photo with a horn of the ice cream on her blog at Tumblr and received more than 20,000 likes.

Despite the apparent absurdity, the ban on ice cream was caused by quite rational reasons. Horse burglars in Alabama at one time had thus learned to steal horses from their owners, without formally even touching them. The animal was lured far enough so that later it could be accidentally found.

These observations prompted Loher to study the strange bans of various states more closely and to organize the filming of the whole series. She herself noticed that a number of laws are fully justified: for example, the idea of ​​fishing with dynamite really seems very strange to the artist.

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Happy New Years Eve! #olivialocherfoughtthelaw 🍷

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In Kansas, the law prohibits serving wine in tea cups.

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Thank you so much @alexxag + @artsy for the wonderful article about, I Fought the Law! Link in my bio. 🌼 #olivialocherfoughtthelaw

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In Ohio, it is illegal to undress in front of a male portrait

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Thank you so much @dazed for one of my favorite interviews about #olivialocherfoughtthelaw! Link in bio.

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In Nevada, it is illegal to stick an American flag in a bar of soap.

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ATTN NYC: This Thursday, September 14th is the opening reception for my first solo exhibition "I Fought the Law" at Steven Kasher Gallery (515 W 26th Street) from 6-8pm. Please pop by if you're free, I'd love to see you all. 💛 #olivialocherfoughtthelaw

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In the state of Delaware it is forbidden to serve perfume as liqueur

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ATTN NYC: Tomorrow is the opening reception for my first solo exhibition "I Fought the Law" at Steven Kasher Gallery (515 W 26th Street) from 6-8pm. Please pop by, I'd love to see you all. 🇺🇸 #olivialocherfoughtthelaw

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In Oregon, you cannot test your physical endurance while driving on a highway.

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Thank you so much @buzzfeed + @gabrielheliosanchez for the fun article on I Fought the Law! 🦆 #olivialocherfoughtthelaw

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In Minnesota, a person cannot cross the state border with a bird on his head.

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I had such a lovely time chatting with @alexandria.deters.art – @gallerygurls about, I Fought the Law! #olivialocherfoughtthelaw

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In Rhode Island you can not wear transparent clothes.

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Thank you so much, @adamlehreruptown for this fun chat and great article for @bullettmagazine! Link in bio. ⚡️ see all 50 images at @stevenkashergallery until October 21st #olivialocherfoughtthelaw

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In Texas, it is illegal to make unusual haircuts for children.

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Only 5 days remain to see I Fought the Law at @stevenkashergallery – 515 W. 26th Street between 10th and 11th Avenue. Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 6pm #olivialocherfoughtthelaw

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In Massachusetts, a crime is photography under a skirt.

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5 days left of "I Fought the Law" at @stevenkashergallery. 515 W. 26th Street, 10am-6pm. Xo 💕 #olivialocherfoughtthelaw

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In Arkansas, it is forbidden to kill or keep any living creature without a special license.

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Making "I Fought the Law" with @brandonlocher #olivialocherfoughtthelaw

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In Maryland, anyone hammering a nail into a tree is punished with a fine of fifty dollars.

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This photograph of mine is included at @stevenkashergallery's show "21 Artists, One Straight White Male" at @aipadphoto! Pier 94, booth 802. — I'll be there tomorrow for my friend @mariannarothen's signing of her gorgeous new book! (2-3pm) 💚 ➖in North Carolina it's a misdemeanor to pee on someone else's property. #olivialocherfoughtthelaw

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Serious misconduct in North Carolina – peeing on someone else’s property.

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After 91 years New York City council is set to repeal the cities Cabaret Law, which forbids people from dancing in hotspots without an expensive license. #olivialocherfoughtthelaw

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91 years after the introduction of the city council of New York, it abolished the “Cabaret Law”, which prohibited all establishments selling food and drinks to hold dance events if they do not have a special license for this

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That’s a wrap! Thank you so much to everyone who visited, I Fought the Law! #olivialocherfoughtthelaw

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In Washington State, it is illegal to draw peas on an American flag.

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FYI: in Iowa it’s illegal to sniff glue. #olivialocherfoughtthelaw (2015) : thinking of sharing some of the information behind these laws from time to time on here. The stories are often super interesting but I decided to withheld them from my final project. This particular newer law is not so interesting but the law book states, “No person shall knowingly smell or inhale the fumes of toxic vapors, whether synthetic or organic, for the purpose of causing a condition of euphoria, excitement, exhilaration, stupefaction or dulled senses of the nervous system.” and was passed in Bettendorf, Iowa in 2009. — if you ever need a lifeline for weird American topics on Who Wants to be A Millionaire I may be able to help…

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In Iowa, it is officially forbidden to sniff glue.

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I guess 🍌’s in pants is too aggressive for Instagram’s safety policy aka my last post! Hopefully some of you got to enjoy it while it was live. Here’s another fact: In Hawaii it’s illegal to have a coin in ones ear. #olivialocherfoughtthelaw (2015) this Law was created because it became street knowledge for drug dealers to place a coin in their ear to let the public know they were carrying. This allows for Hawaiian law enforcement to profile and punish someone for something so very minor while allowing them to have an invite to search deeper and ultimately punish them for something much larger – ruin lives

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In Hawaii, you can not insert coins into the ears.

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I Fought the Law, New Mexico (2015) in New Mexico defacing rocks is a crime. #olivialocherfoughtthelaw – New Mexico statute: 30-15-2. It is a petty misdemeanor to deface without the written consent of the landowner, any rock, plant, or any dead or living tree within four hundred yards of any public highway.

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In New Mexico, breaking stones is a crime.

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Monday’s

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In Kentucky, it is forbidden to lick the toads.

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Only three days remain to see, I Fought the Law 🔮 @stevenkashergallery 515 W. 26th Street between 10th and 11th Avenue. 10am-6pm #olivialocherfoughtthelaw

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It is forbidden to create static electricity in South Dakota.

In Florida, a person wearing liquid latex cannot appear in public places. Otherwise, he will be charged with violating the law.

In Missouri, the law prohibits spoiling milk bags.
In Missouri, the law prohibits spoiling milk bags.
In Oklahoma it is illegal to make love with a car. Olivia Loher photo
In Oklahoma it is illegal to make love with a car. Olivia Loher photo
In Virginia, it is forbidden to spit in the seagulls. Olivia Loher photo
In Virginia, it is forbidden to spit in the seagulls. Olivia Loher photo
In Utah, you can not walk the streets with a violin in a paper bag. Olivia Loher photo
In Utah, you can not walk the streets with a violin in a paper bag. Olivia Loher photo
In California, no one is allowed to ride a bike in the pool. Olivia Loher photo
Cemeteries picnics are banned in Georgia. Olivia Loher photo
In Maine, it is forbidden to tickle a woman under her chin with a feather duster. Olivia Loher photo
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