100 Naked Ladies Protest The Republican National Convention
Spencer Tunick, the New York artist famous for shooting large scale nude installations, is no stranger to using his large media following to bring awareness to social issues. His big, beautiful photographs often take months at a time to plan, always casting large numbers of participants that are willing to go nude for the camera. In the past, Tunick has brought many issues to light by choosing certain locations across the globe to hold his shoots. For example, in 2011, the artist staged a installation comprised of 1,200 volunteers in Israel, drawing attention to the troubled environmental issues the Dead Sea was facing.
This weekend, Tunick may have unveiled his most provocative, timely work yet. His new piece, titled “Everything She Says Means Everything,” was shot on location in Cleveland, Ohio, right before the Republican National Convention (it kicks off today). It features 100 nude women (out of 1800 who applied) holding large-sized mirror disks, which are said to be a reflection of “the knowledge and wisdom of progressive women alongside the concept of mother nature.” The whole thing is a direct, pointed jab at the Republican Convention, as well as our favorite Cheeto-scented politician.
The project, which was funded by the artist himself, has been in the works since 2013, right before hype about the presidential election really started to gain traction. Generally, the areas surrounding the arena where the convention will be held at are usually blocked off to the public, but for Tunick, who managed to shoot his subjects right near the convention centre under police watch, the closer, the better. He calls the work “more of an artistic action, rather than aggressive protest.” The work incorporates women of all faiths, shapes, sizes, and political stances, including Republicans, one of whom told Esquire that, “Donald Trump has said so many outrageous, hateful, inflammatory things. He underestimated his female, Republican vote. I feel like he shot himself in the foot a little bit.”
Tunick is one of many artists who have taken action to protest the possibility of a Trump presidency. Just last week, art collective t.Rutt trolled Trump by building an ironic version of his proposed border wall, and of course, Illma Gore’s mega-famous painting of Trump with a micropenis has successfully achieved world domination. And with Tunick, the journey continues.
Stay tuned to Milk for more from the RNC, probably.
Images via Artnet and Spencer Tunick