, BOGOTA, Colombia, Jun 4 – American photographer Spencer Tunick, famous for his pictures of huge crowds of naked people, is not a fan of Donald Trump.
In fact, when the presumptive Republican presidential nominee travels to Cleveland next month for the party’s convention, Tunick plans to greet him with 100 nude women holding up mirrors in a form of art photography-turned-protest.
- Speaking in Colombia, where he plans to assemble 4,000 naked people Sunday in what he calls a message of "peace and unity," Tunick said he felt a duty as a husband and father of two daughters to speak out against Trump.
- "I can't just vote. I have to do something," he told AFP.
- "I think every artist in the US should make an artwork before the election and get it out there."
“There shouldn’t be a rhetoric of hate in a presidential election,” Tunick, 49, said of the billionaire tycoon’s campaign, which has featured virulent diatribes against Mexicans, Arabs and women journalists, among others.
Speaking in Colombia, where he plans to assemble 4,000 naked people Sunday in what he calls a message of “peace and unity,” Tunick said he felt a duty as a husband and father of two daughters to speak out against Trump.
“I can’t just vote. I have to do something,” he told AFP.
“I think every artist in the US should make an artwork before the election and get it out there.”
His plan is to line up 100 nude women at sunrise on July 17, the day before the Republican national convention starts, wielding mirrored discs to capture the blinding light of the sun – and expose what he calls The Donald’s misguided policies.
Volunteers can sign up online at spencertunickcleveland.com to pose for the shoot, which the artist says will take place on private property near the arena.
“Republicans, Democrats and all other political parties are welcome to take part,” says the website.
“It’s an artwork, not so much a protest but an action to heat up the city… (and) show that women have power,” Tunick said.
“Women in the city should look themselves in the mirror, and mirrors should shine back at them and they should see the language of hate that is coming from the Republican party.”
Tunick accused the GOP, whose leadership long resisted the seemingly unstoppable Trump nomination, of “heading backwards” on women’s and minority rights.