Artist Calls For 100 Women to Join Him and Pose Nude at Republican Convention


Click here! Do it! Do it now! Okay, fine, you should only do it if you are all of the following:

  1. A woman
  2. Able to travel to Cleveland, Ohio this July for the Republican National Convention
  3. Willing to pose nude while holding a mirror over your head

If you’re not those things, this gig ain’t for you! Even if you are all of those things, there are only 100 slots, so, to be honest, you’ll probably get edged out by an aspiring model from Akron and you shouldn’t feel bad about it because she’s been looking for her big break for years.

Okay, okay. Let’s talk facts anyway, even though we’ve established you probably won’t be among the 100 naked women holding mirrors at sunrise on July 17 while conservative leaders wake up in the Forest City. The man behind it is artist Spencer Tunick and he is known for his nude photographs, which are like “temporary installations” and can include thousands of people at once. Here’s what he tweeted:

He’s also been doing interviews. He spoke to the Scene about this upcoming project, which is not his first in Cleveland, although it will include 2,400 less naked people than the last shoot he did there. Here’s what he said:

I never really do protest work. And I thought maybe I don’t want Cleveland to be a protest work. Maybe I want it to be a work that women can be part of, maybe to heighten the idea that women will decide the outcome of this election and will have a more powerful presence in the future of politics, the future of the country, and the future of the world. It’s not so much a protest but an action, a wake-up call to the absurdity of politics and discrimination … [T]he work is for my daughters, for their future, for them not to grow up in a society with hate, for them to grow up in a world with less violence toward women and more opportunities for them.

Here is a little background on the concept:

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.

That’s all fine and well, but there is a long time between now and July, so I will believe this happened outside of the Republican National Convention when I see it.

[image via screengrab]

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