I attended an exhibition opening in Aalborg, at gallery Wolfsen. The rumor said that there would be nude models covered in sushi. Aalborg is a pretty small city and I was a bit surprised that they decided to do something so unusual for this quite traditional place. Gallery Wolfsen is somewhat famous for having a lot of erotic art, and I guess they decided to go completely 100% into the sexual theme this time. There was a lot of movement around the area, people were gathering up and looking for the gallery that hides in a small street. I have never seen so many people in there! It was very crowded and I couldn't really look at the art works on the ground floor. I went upstairs and there I saw a low pedestal in the middle of the room, with a girl covered in sushi. She was naked, and from her lower stomach to upper tights she had a sheet with sushi. There was also sushi around her, on a slightly lower table placed on both sides of her.
I felt strange seeing a naked woman lying in the gallery, looking at people, acting like a table decoration. I love sushi, but i lost all appetite. I instantly began thinking, what if it was me lying there, I would feel so vulnerable. I tried avoiding to look at her, but I felt conflicted, since she was putting herself on display. I have seen naked girls in public places before, in Amsterdam for example. But there was a glass wall separating us, or some sort of mental ethical barrier... here there was nothing, and she was looking around at people, challenging their stares or just maybe being bored. Some talked to her a little. . I wanted to say something, but the only thought I had was something like: what do you do if you want to fart?! It is silly, but also practical, and I was just curious about that. But I didn't speak to her. Some of my friends mentioned that her boobs were fake, which I didn't notice at first at all. But after throwing a few peeks, I saw the scar tissue under them. Later, after seeing the rest of the exhibition I finally pulled myself together and ate some sushi, it was delicious.
What I wanted to mention is that there was a strange power game, at first it seemed like she was putting herself into a position of vulnerability, where everyone could do what they wanted to her. However, giving it a second thought, I suppose she had the control all along. I was more intimidated by her than she was by me. It was a strange experience, and I was a bit shaken when I came home. I'm not a huge fan of overly erotic art, but I can't ignore the influence it has on people.
here is a link to the gallery [link]