An Italian Performance Artist Who Is Considered Part Of The Movement Called Relational Aesthetics

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Vanessa Beecroft is an Italian performance artist who is considered part of the movement called relational aesthetics. In relational art, the viewer is the stimulant for the work, but not the focus; the work is not truly interactive, but the viewer feels like they are a part of it. Relational aesthetics artwork typically involves large installations in a space, but Beecroft’s work primarily uses female models and human forms as the artwork, both clothed and nude, giving her work as a whole a very feminine touch. She uses these female models, especially when they are nude, to make a provocative statement, and push the area in between art and fashion, or lack of clothing. Beecroft uses many feminine elements in her work. She is best known for her photographs and live performances of or including female models, standing nude, in scantily clad outfits, or even couture fashion, standing in lines or formations in public spaces or galleries. Some are skeptical about the use of nude models and wonder what the purpose of her stripping her models is. Nick Jonhstone points out the differing opinions of Beecroft’s viewers, “Some see the fashion element as superficial. Some say she 's demeaning women, parading them like hunks of meat, while others say she 's reclaiming sexualised images of women from the pages of Penthouse and recontextualising them as symbols of feminist empowerment.” Beecroft does not intend to humiliate her models or make them feel uncomfortable, but in my opinion

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