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spencer tunick 18,000 Chilangos in the buff in 2007.

Photographer plans second mass nude photo shoot in Mexico

Mexicans are open-minded when it comes to baring all for the camera, says American photographer Spencer Tunick, who is returning to Mexico City for another mass nude shoot.

Famous for his international shoots of nude men and women in public places, Tunick invited Chilangos to the zócalo in 2007 and 18,000 people turned out, setting a record by doubling the previous one of 7,000 set in Barcelona in 2003.

In the 2007 event, male and female volunteers posed in various positions, lying on the ground, crouched fetal-style and others.

Details of the new project have not been completed, and the photographer is looking for a women’s group to become involved, but Tunick says he will be inviting thousands of women to participate.

In an interview during an event in San Miguel de Allende, he said his ultimate dream is to stage an event with thousands of nude people in a public place in Washington, DC.

Working in Washington would be a great physical and artistic challenge, he said, observing that he will pursue the project the next time a Democrat wins, for it would be much easier for him to get the necessary permissions.

Not everyone is a fan of Tunick’s projects. There were protests before a shoot in Chile, and another last year in Bogotá, Colombia, was cancelled at the last minute. Another less than successful project was in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where a large installation was planned but only about a thousand people turned up.

“Sao Paulo is very reserved and I noticed that the men hold back the free spirit of the women.”

But Mexico is different.

“It was a surprise, the response of the people,” said Tunick of the 2007 shoot. “Mexicans are very open-minded and they like to participate with the artist.”

He was in San Miguel this past week for the opening of a new cultural center, El Nido, and will return on the 15th to give a course in the same center. And he’ll be back in late October for the annual festival, La Calaca.

Source: La Jornada (sp)

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