- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 12, 2016

A New York photographer known for his large-scale nude photo shoots plans to combat prejudice against women with a 100-women nude photo shoot in Cleveland ahead of the Republican National Convention.

Spencer Tunick plans to photograph women holding mirrors and posing nude at sunrise on July 17, one day before the convention.

“It’s sort of to energize the city, to heat it up, and this ray of light bringing knowledge and helping maybe to tone down the rhetoric of hate and prejudice against women preceding the convention,” Mr. Tunick told Cleveland Scene.

The artist said he plans to hold the photo shoot on private property so he doesn’t have to deal with police and permits.

“I never really do protest work,” he told Cleveland Scene. “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.”

The mirrors the women will be holding will reflect the “knowledge and wisdom of progressive women and the concept of ‘Mother Nature’ into and onto the convention center, cityscape and horizon of Cleveland,” according to Mr. Tunick’s website.

“The philosophy of the artwork relates to the idea of the sacred feminine,” the description continues. “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.”

On Twitter, Mr. Tunick wrote that the project is “For our daughters, I just couldn’t stand by and do nothing.”

Mr. Tunick photographed about 3,000 people in front of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland in 2004.

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