Perhaps I'm missing something, but the Nude Adrift series seems like a pointless excuse to get people naked. I've seen much better work attempting to desexualize the human body, if that's his goal. Obviously there's better work depicting the beauty of the human form, if that's his goal. I've not seen anyone do a carpet of anonymous nude forms, but doesn't that get old fast? I suppose a world that allows Christo to continue wrapping things will find Tunick's stuff enthralling. Any wonder that modern art is mocked?
Keep up the good work! I think you are on the threshold of a new "paradigm" of what is needed in sexual expression for our contemporary generation. People are desperately needing to see each other completely naked, simply as unadorned people, and then have the opportunity to interact with them as they see fit, depending on the occasion. You are breaking down the veuyeristic (male-dominated, or feminist-defensive barriers)that have restrained our culture from open sexual and joyful human connections for a very long time--something many European countries have resolved very well, to everyone's satisfaction.
All best wishes,
Joseph Brunon, Ph.D.
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I would like to see the pictures taken in Brazil - S
Why is that only half of the photo is displayed?
I knew about the project, since I live and work in the astinishing city of Cape Town, and was interested to see the pictures and read Kristen Bowler's impressions.
Xhosa is in fact just the dominant South African language, not a group of languages (it is widely spoken in the Cape). Sotho, Zulu, and many others are on the list of our 11 official languages. The other thing to remember is that although the city does remain divided by race at the extremes, there are many shades here between white and black. Unlike the rest of South Africa, racial identity is often elusive in Cape Town (assuming one wants to be classified by race, which many of us do not). The indigenous people were the Khoisan, not the Xhosa. Add a rich vein of Muslim culture via the importation of slaves from Asia by the Dutch and race relationships become far more ambiguous. Language is a key to identity here; Afrikaans is spoken widely in the Cape Flats as well as in Constantia and Durbanville
I am one of many white Cape Townians [that were involved in the fight against apartheid]. Although what you write is not completely inaccurate, I am disappointed in the tone and perspective. [btw, anyone could study at the Universities and could work in stores]
A little closer look would also reveal much of the effort - being made by all cultures - that has succeeded in transforming South Africa and the inequities of the past.
I look forward to the day when not only black South Africans accept white people as African.
I also found your photo's of a lower standard to what I am used to from you. You usually show the beauty in the places that you go. It does reflect in your writing that you were/are somewhat overwhelmed and I can understand that may be the reason/ing.
Hot, sexy! Please come to Heidelberg
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