A circular space without windows. Nobody can see in, nobody can see out. Only one person at a time is allowed to enter.
At the entrance hangs a white bathrobe in a changing room. Once you have undressed and swapped your everyday clothes for the simple robe you step into the main room. Inside the room life-sized images of artists cover the walls. They’re all looking at you. You are the model. You remove your robe and take your place in the middle of the room…
This installation gives visitors the possibility of experiencing themselves as a nude model. In a safe space they can present themselves without clothes and experience their own nudity in a particular and unusual situation.
What physical feeling does this installation give to visitors? In becoming objective each visitor experiences – in the safety of private solitude – their own relationship with their body, gaining an insight into how they think others perceive them.
A fundamental difference between nakedness and nudity lies in their different societal connotations. While nakedness is a personal matter, nudity is something else, something with a public element. The functional and relational aspects of their job protect the nude model from social nakedness. It is the context which decides.