The work is by Colombian artist Juan Sebastián Peláez
Rihanna recently visited an artwork in Berlin that depicts a giant, bikini-clad, headless version of herself.
The work by Colombian artist Juan Sebastián Peláez was unveiled earlier this year and is currently on display at the Biennale for Contemporary Art in Berlin.
This week, Rihanna visited the statue itself when passing through Berlin as part of her European tour, later uploading a photo of herself posing in front of the art piece to Snapchat. See below, via The Fader.
Titled ‘Ewaipanoma (Rihanna)’, the piece makes reference to a mythical race of headless humanoids purported to have been discovered by British explorer Walter Raleigh in Venezuela at the end of the 16th century.
The Biennale website describes the artist’s work as containing “upright, oversize photo-cutouts of headless human bodies—captured in athletic positions, sporting bikini swimwear, or posing in the limelight in glitzy, bling gowns—with faces surreally integrated into their chests. Both the bodies and faces are sourced from pop queens and soccer stars from the Caribbean or Latin America.”
The original source photo is a paparazzi shot of Rihanna on holiday taken in Barbados in 2013.