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spencer tunick’s nude installation at the republican national convention

So what is the point of this performance art installation? Obviously the artist is trying to say: “Hey republican delegates! Look at us! We’re holding up mirrors to make you look at yourselves.” Or something.

In 1992, Tunick began documenting live nudes in public locations in New York through video and photographs. His early works from this period focus more on a single nude individual or small groups of nudes. Tunick cites 1994, when he posed and photographed 28 nude people in front of the United Nations building in midtown Manhattan, as a turning point in his career: “It all started there, moving my work from just photography into installation and performance photography,” he says. Since then, he has organized and photographed over 65 temporary site-related installations in the United States and abroad.

Tunick’s philosophy is that “individuals en masse, without their clothing, grouped together, metamorphose into a new shape. The bodies extend into and upon the landscape like a substance. These grouped masses which do not underscore sexuality become abstractions that challenge or reconfigure one’s views of nudity and privacy.”

Read full article: Santa Monica Observer

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