An artists is calling for 100 women to pose nude to protest the RNC. What does this demonstration plan to stand for? Just read on… and please, try not to die of laughter.
“This is for you and this is for our future,” Tunick tells the women. “We will shine your light and power onto the RNC. We’re going to shine the light of women into this arena.”
The morning started at 5:15 a.m. with Tunick and his wife, Kristin, packing up a van to head to the secret location. In spite of the press swirling around the event, they managed to keep the time and location secret. He emailed the address—a private piece of land, which he had permission to use—to 200 women on Friday, hoping that 100 would show up. In spite of the precautions, Tunick anxiously discusses the possibility of Secret Service helicopters flying overhead or cops showing up.
But Tunick is prepared: He’s been arrested five times while attempting to work outdoors in New York. “It would just be me they’d arrest—not the women—and Kristin knows what to do if that happens,” he says as he packs up the car. He’s written on his hand in black marker the mantra, “Calm, Focus, Tight.”
An artist known for his large-scale nude photo shoots is planning to make a splashy return to Cleveland at this summer’s Republican National Convention.
Spencer Tunick, of New York, is looking for 100 women to pose nude while holding mirrors in Cleveland at sunrise on July 17, the week of the GOP convention. Those who are interested can sign up by submitting a photo at his website, www.spencertunickcleveland.com. (An unsurprising heads-up: the website includes graphic, but artistic, images of nude people.)
Tunick told Cleveland Scene, which broke the news of the project, that he plans to hold the photo shoot on private property, in part so he doesn’t have to deal with police and the “hassle of permits.” A handful of groups already have applied for permits to demonstrate during the GOP convention, and more are expected.
Tunick’s last Cleveland project was in 2004, when he photographed 2,754 people on East 9th Street near the lakefront on a chilly, 57-degree Saturday. He also took smaller, gender-segregated shots at the William G. Mather Museum and the lawn in Voinovich Park.
“The photograph will involve 100 nude women holding large mirror discs, reflecting the knowledge and wisdom of progressive women and the concept of ‘Mother Nature’ into and onto the convention center, cityscape and horizon of Cleveland. The philosophy of the artwork relates to the idea of the sacred feminine. By holding mirrors, we hope to suggest that women are a reflection and embodiment of nature, the sun, the sky and the land. We want to express the belief that we will rely upon the strength, intuition and wisdom of progressive and enlightened women to find our place in nature and to regain the balance within it. 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.”
“I never really do protest work,” Tunick said. “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.”