American photographer, better known for his shots of masses of naked bodies immortalized in common urban background scenes. Spencer Tunick is the artist who imposed a new obligation on consumers and users of digital photography: the naked body. Millions of volunteers, common people, activists, etc. engaged by the artist, they come together in a performative act in which the body becomes an aesthetic object that in the totality of vision appears as an elegant pictorial decoration of a larger representation that unites urban and human. The naked body is a symbol of liberation, a form of vulnerability supported by a unique and imperturbable force.

Trapped in the fragile boundary between installation and action, the photographic atmosphere of Tunick conceal a philosophy linked to the nakedness of the physical forms of any sex or ethnic group, which is divided into two perceptions of vision: the first linked to the social one, that’s to say how the others, or rather society, see our body and the second that instead reflects on the perception of the body without relations or comparisons, the body seen by itself. Spencer Tunick takes up this idea that through nudity, the body is not “labelable”, but acquires a sense of union and at the same time emancipation, an aesthetic independence from any form of oppression or sexual or intellectual repression. Every single person who decides, as a free act, to take part in this initiative, not only artistic, but social, becomes part of a larger and indefinable entity immortalized by a meticulous, careful and detailed picture. The last act is to capture the scene and is defined by the will’s Tunick to bring out or eventually cover or even extend a landscape that is urban, immersed in nature or in architectural spaces.

Tunick’s way to observe and consider the body is often in radical contradiction with some visions of nudity, for this reason the artist decides to challenge this difficulty of perception inviting us to free our body and observe it from an aesthetic, rational point of view and critical, as through the view of a goal.


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