Rihanna and Ewaipanoma in Berlin

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Plus ça change . . . (sigh). The media has been focusing on this piece of news mostly in these terms: “Rihanna and the Ultimate Selfie” or “Headless Rihanna.” Melissa Locker refers to Rihanna’s act of posing in front of the sculpture by Colombian artist Juan Sebastián Peláez, “Ewaipanoma (Rihanna)” in Berlin as “Upping the celebrity selfie game.” [Personally, I am not sure which to dislike the most: Rihanna’s giant sculpture sans tête or Lady Gaga with Jeff Koon’s ball. As my co-blogger Lisa says, “It’s a toss-up. No pun intended.” Waiting for a few feminist readings to come in.]

Rihanna visited a headless statue of herself for the ultimate selfie Wednesday.

The surreal moment came about when Rihanna decided to explore the ninth Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, the international art exhibit, after playing a show in Berlin. The statue is hard to miss. Titled Ewaipanoma (Rihanna), it is a giant version of the singer kneeling down while clad in a bikini and sunglasses, absent a head, but with her face emblazoned on her chest. It’s almost a story high and is stationed outside the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art in the city’s hip Mitte district.

The enormous likeness was created by Colombian artist Juan Sebastián Peláez, who was inspired by a paparazzi photo of the singer playing on the beach.

For more information, see http://time.com/4457380/rihanna-statue-germany/

Photo from http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/08/rihanna-poses-with-headless-statue-of-herself.html

Also see http://archive.acclaimmag.com/arts/lady-gaga-unveils-new-jeff-koons-works-artrave/

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