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18,000 Get Naked – Spencer Tunick outdoes himeself

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Certainly not a sight you see everyday, around 18,000 people stripped off their clothes in a photographer’s project in Mexico.

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The photographer, Spencer Tunick, eclipsed his previous record, when 7,000 people stripped off to be photographed in Barcelona.

The sea of naked persons were volunteers taking part in a record breaking project as they “celebrated the human body.”

The Brooklyn photograper said: “What a moment for the Mexican art scene,”

Zspencernmtwo“I think all eyes are looking south from the United States to Mexico City to see how a country can be free and treat the naked body as art. Not as pornography or as a crime, but with happiness and caring.”

 

Tunick has become famous for photographing thousands of naked people in public settings worldwide, from London and Vienna to Buenos Aires and Buffalo.

“I just create shapes and forms with human bodies. It’s an abstraction, it’s a performance, it’s an installation,” Tunick said.

“I don’t care how many people showed up. All I know is that I filled up my space.”

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Men and women from a broad cross section of ages and social classes began arriving before dawn, although most volunteers were young men.

“The important thing is not that it’s your body or someone else’s but that you participate in something as a society,” said Oscar Roman Munoz, a 25-year-old engineer. “This reflects the need for change and integration in world trends.”

For Tunick’s first photo, the models stood upright and gave a military-like salute to their national flag.

In another, they lay down to form a blanket of flesh around a naked man in a wheelchair. Between shots, they burst out into verses of Mexican folk songs, AP reported.

Public nudity is hardly a novelty in Mexico City, where protesters often march through the streets wearing only their underwear or nothing at all.

via The Malta Star

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Written by Reckon

May 8, 2007 at 3:14 pm

Posted in Art, Culture

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