Rihanna Went to Berlin and Posed With Her Headless Self
While on her ANTI world tour, Rihanna made a stop in Berlin to pose with a giant statue of herself. There was one thing particularly unique about the larger-than-life shrine to Bad Gal RiRi: It didn’t have a head.
“Went to visit my boobs the biggest they'll ever be,” the singer posted on Instagram, with a photo in front of the massive statue.
The work was installed at the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art in June as part of Berlin’s Biennale. It was created by Juan Sebastián Peláez, a Colombian mixed media artist.
The Rihanna statue is part of Peláez’s ongoing series of massive headless human bodies. The series is inspired by 16th-century New World explorers who returned home, describing the “Blemmyae.” These natives were, supposedly, headless with faces on their upper bodies.
The other works in the series all feature the faces and bodies of Caribbean and Latin American pop stars and athletes, including J-Lo, Sofia Vergara and Colombian soccer player Radamel Falcao.
Berlin’s 9th Biennale runs until September 18, with special installations at several of the city’s contemporary art galleries.