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Conversations in the Nude

Conversations in the Nude

Mihir Srivastava

  • $ 1967


A provocative book on nude-sketching that challenges existing notions of self, sexuality and social probity. Mihir Srivastava sketches naked people. He is fascinated by the tension it calls to the room, the taboos it challenges, the vulnerabilities it exposes and how it sometimes empowers people. Nudity is not just about shedding clothes, he believes, but about letting down a shield that we think protects us. In a world where the bare body is something to be hidden, to protect our children against, to be banned as obscene, there is no freedom to strip. Not without infringing on the freedom of those who are clothed. Through his search to understand this, Mihir has created what he calls a private space for public nudity . Public nudity within closed doors. It is still public, because there is no context for this interaction in the raw. No relationship, no prospect of sexual intimacy. Th...