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Michel S. Krzyzanowski, 1976, 28'09''

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By means of advertisements in three Dutch newspapers, Het Parool, Vrij Nederland and De Telegraaf, people who felt free and uninhibited by taboos were invited to come to De Appel in order to be photographed in the nude. 'From June 4th to 12th, 1976, I worked at De Appel every afternoon from 2 to 6 o’clock. I photographed a total of 49 persons, 47 men and two women. Hundreds of people responded by telephone, up until six weeks after the exhibition.' This tape documents the photo sessions. One by one, the ‘models’ take off their clothes and pose in front of a wall of nude photos. Then they get dressed again. With the cameraman, they talk (for the viewer, sometimes unintelligibly) about the phenomenon of being naked and how they got over their inhibitions. n this work, Krzyzanowski kept himself out of the picture, but he is certainly the person who determines the apparent identity of those portrayed. The models have no chance of presenting themselves as they would like, for example, with the help of clothing and/or the use of language. However, they are allowed to choose their own pose, and some of them jump at the idea, for example, by holding a sheet of white paper with a self-conceived text in front of themselves while they are being portrayed. This is a way for the naked model to distinguish himself (even more) from the rest.


  • Date: 1976
  • Length: 28'09''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Keywords: registration (technique), body