Depictions of human nudes are among the most ancient themes in art. Nudity has been interpreted in various ways – a nude body as a source of sin, an object of sexuality, or a component of cultural identity.
The representation of the nude body has always been linked to the context and values that have been of importance in the relevant period of time. In ancient times, depictions of Venus as a corpulent goddess depicted fertility. In Ancient Greece, nudity characterised physical and spiritual freedom. Erotic sculptures at temples in India served a religious function. In the Middle Ages, in turn, nudity was utilised as a means for depicting shame.
The people seen in these photographs are not professional models. They are dancers, athletes, teachers, construction workers, etc. The photographs were taken at the Latvian Academy of Art, where models are usually formal sources of examination – people torn apart from their accustomed environment, thus creating the sense of the human being as an object. [Official Website]