why this artist wants 100 women to pose naked at the republican convention

Spencer Tunick is recruiting nude ladies ahead of the GOP convention — but it's not exactly what it sounds like.

by Hannah Ongley
13 May 2016, 5:39pm


Northeastern Ohio ladies with empty calendars on July 17 — and probably the night before, since you'll have to be up well before sunrise — are invited to strip down and join 99 other naked women for the latest mass nude work by Spencer Tunick. The New York-based artist is currently seeking volunteers for a photography/installation/performance hybrid timed to coincide with the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next month. The women will pose at sunrise holding mirrors to reflect "the knowledge and wisdom of progressive women and the concept of 'Mother Nature'" onto the landscape. 

"The philosophy of the artwork relates to the idea of the sacred feminine," Tunick explains on his website. "By holding mirrors, we hope to suggest that women are a reflection and embodiment of nature, the sun, the sky and the land. We want to express the belief that we will rely upon the strength, intuition and wisdom of progressive and enlightened women to find our place in nature and to regain the balance within it. The mirrors communicate that we are a reflection of ourselves, each other, and of, the world that surrounds us. The woman becomes the future and the future becomes the woman."

For Tunick, who in the past has recruited upwards of 2,000 volunteers in the name of nude art, this is actually a relatively small-scale shoot. Still, he's taking precautions with an eye to the heightened security measures in place in Cleveland that weekend. The shoot will be held on private property, and participants will "be nude only for a short period of time." The artist hopes to enlist a diverse mix of races and political parties, claiming the date and location is simply a comment on the heightened presence of women in politics and the absurdity of gender discrimination. 


Text Hannah Ongley
Image via Instagram

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