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ART: 100 nude women pose in Cleveland, reflecting on Trump

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A past shooting by American photographer Spencer Tunick

Cleveland, UNITED STATES | AFP |

American photographer Spencer Tunick merged nudity and politics in a dramatic way Sunday in his latest work, posing 100 unclothed women for a shoot in sight of the Republican National Convention.

Tunick’s large-scale arty installation, “Everything She Says Means Everything,” featured women of all shapes, colors and sizes, holding up mirrors toward the arena where Republicans this week are set to formally name billionaire Donald Trump as their presidential nominee.

The artist is well known for his sometimes startling images of nude people. The women stripped down to their bare and often tattooed skin early Sunday and were seen snapping selfies with each other.

Tunick’s website said that the mirrors reflected “the knowledge and wisdom of progressive women and the concept of ‘Mother Nature’… onto the convention center, cityscape and horizon of Cleveland.”

But the artist has signaled that this shoot, near the arena where Trump is to be named the Republican nominee on Thursday, was political.

“There shouldn’t be a rhetoric of hate in a presidential election,” Tunick, 49, told AFP last month, speaking of the billionaire tycoon’s virulent diatribes against Mexicans, Arabs and women journalists, among others.

“I can’t just vote. I have to do something,” he said. “I think every artist in the United States should make an artwork before the election and get it out there.”

Size-wise, the artwork was a far cry from Tunick’s most recent effort, in Colombia in June.

For his largest installation in six years, he convinced more than 6,000 women to bare all in Bogota’s main square as the war-torn country neared a peace deal with the leftist rebels of FARC, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

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