Is this art? Is a headless statue of Rihanna art? Discuss.
Before the 28-year-old singer hit Hasselt-Kiewit's Pukkelpop festival in Belgium on Thursday, she decided to make a quick stop at the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art for some beers, champagne and massive breasts.
Yes, massive breasts: terrifying, massive versions of her OWN breasts.
Art breasts. Breasts for the sake of having snooty art people come up with monocles and say stuff like, "Wow, these breasts are a VISION," or laugh before going, "Pfffft, these breasts could not be more pedantic."
“Oooooooooh, cooooool. Thanks for this,” is probably what Rihanna said when she saw the statue.
The statue, which is called "Ewaipanoma (Rihanna)," was constructed by Bogotá artist Juan Sebastián Peláez. It measures in at almost 20 feet tall, and was unveiled back in June at the ninth Berlin Biennale For Contemporary Art.
Peláez's website describes the statue as,
Ewaipanoma (Rihanna) is the latest work in Juan Sebastián Peláez' series featuring upright, oversize photo-cutouts of headless human bodies—captured in athletic positions, sporting bikini swimwear, or posing in the limelight in glitzy, bling gowns—with faces surreally integrated into their chests. Both the bodies and faces are sourced from pop queens and soccer stars from the Caribbean or Latin America. A giant Rihanna welcomes visitors here in the courtyard. While hinting at the sometimes monstrous body modifications typical of celebrity culture, these works also reference longstanding projections of otherness. For these works, Peláez was inspired by drawings from sixteenth-century explorers of the New World (like Sir Walter Raleigh), who on returning home described having encountered so-called “Blemmyae,” headless natives with faces on their upper, naked bodies.
TL:DR. "We wanted to see boobies, so I made a bunch of boobies."