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Life Ball posters feature nude transgender model as both Adam and Eve   [nudity]

Posted by Tom Megginson | 14-05-2014 15:10 | Category: Gender issues

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Surrealist photographer David LaChapelle shot some amazing posters for Life Ball, an AIDS charity event held in Vienna.

Featuring transgendered model Carmen Carrera, the posters are inspired by “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” a c. 1500 AD triptych by Hieronymus Bosch.

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However, while Bosch’s work strove to warn late-mediaeval Christians about the wages of “sin,” David LaChapelle mistakenly interprets the Garden as “Bosch’s utopia of a diverse society.”

It’s a nice thought, and the posters (below), are beautiful — if not suitable for every workplace. Titled “I’m Adam, I’m Eve, I’m Me,” they feature Ms. Carrera — who has breasts and a penis — in both “tucked” and “untucked” nudes. They remind me more of sensual Roman portrayals of Hermaphroditus than Bosch’s guilt and horror.

Or as the artist states, “the body is more than something to be looked at as an object of sexual gratification. The body is a beautiful housing for the soul that we are celebrating in this picture.”


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