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Giant Headless Rihanna Erected In Berlin


by Niamh ODonoghue
08th Jun 2016

BROOKLYN, NY - MAY 07: Rihanna attends the Christian Dior Cruise 2015 Show on May 7, 2014 in Brooklyn, New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Christian Dior)

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Yes, this is art; contemporary art. The piece, dubbed Ewaipanoma which translates as Rihanna, is the humungous creation of Columbian artist Juan Sebastian Pelaez who unveiled the monstrosity on Friday outside the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art. This is the artist’s?first piece to be unveiled from his latest collection which features cutout, over-sized, headless Caribbean/Latin American celebrities whose faces have been surreally re-imagined on the chests of their fictitious bodies.?The artists inspiration for the project is almost as bizarre as the project itself; taking inspiration from greek mythical headless men who supposedly bore their faces on their chest, with their eyes on their shoulders.

Headless Rihanna

The Columbian artist first made waves with his unusual art back in 2014 when he superimposed the face of?Miss Colombia 2014 Ariadna Guti?rrez onto her chest.

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez, is incorrectly named Miss Universe 2015 instead of first runner-up during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The winner of Miss Universe 2015 is Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (not pictured). (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Aside from the art being slightly ghoulish and unpleasing, it does provoke us to think about celebrity culture and our manic obsession with people who are really not all that interesting. On first glances, the strange art could hint at body-modification within the celebrity world, or how we have become consumed by the idea of ‘the celebrity’: the endorsements, the cheap perfumes, the catchy pop hits, and the poorly-made clothing line, rather than the actual person. What do you think? Is it dehumanising? Or is it just art??The Berlin Biennale describes the piece on their website as a reference to longstanding projections of ?otherness? – deep.

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