Volunteer to Pose Nude at the Republican National Convention This Summer

Where better for a woman to pose nude than outside a convention hall full of people whose views on women predate the dawn of original sin? 

The answer is nowhere—and that’s precisely why photographer Spencer Tunick invites 100 women to take part in his newest art installation, “Everything She Says Means Everything.” The installation asks willing participants to gather in the early morning hours of July 17 outside the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH, holding large mirrored discs. 

According to Tunick, the artful symbolism aims to 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.” A statement accompanying the volunteer form explains the meaning behind his large-scale art installation:

“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.”

Tunick usually asks both men and women to participate in his installations, but decided to make this summer’s piece entirely female-centric. He told the Cleveland Scene the artwork is for his daughters. “For their future, for them not to grow up in a society with hate, for them to grow up in a world with less violence toward women and more opportunities for them,” Tunick said, adding “there are other subject matters” at play too, including concern for the environment.

Tunick is no stranger to nude photography; he’s built his career documenting the human body, first through individual nude photographs then through art installations using nude subjects. In 1994, the photographer shot 28 nude subjects at the United Nations building in Manhattan, igniting a battle between himself and Mayor Rudy Giuliani. After his fifth arrest for photographing nudity, a 2000 Supreme Court decision recognized nude photography as instrumental to Tunick’s First Amendment rights.

"I ran into [Ruth Bader] Ginsburg at a museum after that and I thanked her," Tunick told Esquire. "She said, 'Just don't do it on the steps of the Supreme Court.’"

Watch a documentary about Tunick’s artwork below, via HBO, or volunteer to pose nude at the 2016 Republican National Convention.


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