MEDELLIN, Colombia – Nudists attended the inauguration here of an exposition of paintings of nudes intended to “break the bonds” and get people to view the human body as art.
The “Medellin gets naked” exhibition, which opened on Saturday and includes 12 works by Colombian artist Rafael Sandoval, sought to establish connections between the paintings and those attending the exhibit’s inauguration by getting them to undress, a novel approach, to say the least.
“It’s really great to be completely free while viewing art, and to be able to see my body without clothes in front of a painting of a nude,” the 53-year-old Sandoval told EFE.
He said that he decided to hold his exposition in the “Otro cuento” art gallery with a collective and gradual strip-down by the attendees to “free themselves from the shackles that society has put on the body.”
Both women and men from age 18 to 70 “connected” with human figures depicted in the works by Sandoval, who said that his style is to mix human bodies with other forms in a subtle way.
The people attending the inauguration agreed that being naked allowed them to achieve a greater connection with the works, with the background music bringing yet another dimension to the experience.
Sergio Alvarez and Luz Adriana Correa, who are a couple, said that they were interested in attending the opening because of their love of nudity and after noting that there was nothing erotic or sexual in the experience.
“I wanted to experience this because I love nudity and I’m not ashamed of my body. I felt distanced from the conservative society full of subterfuges in which we live,” Correa told EFE, adding that Sandoval’s approach was “innovative, profound and liberating.”