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Exhibition Naked or Covered

Nudity as a form of protest, or punishment, as a celebration of freedom, as a religious rule or as a sign of innocence: the new ‘Naked or Covered’ (Dutch translation: 'Bloot of Bedekt') exhibition, on view in the exhibition space of the University Library from 25 January, will explore all this.

What is nudity? Is it an exposed ankle, a bare leg, being stark naked? There are numerous subtle distinctions between being covered or uncovered, and there are as many opinions as there are people. Personal choices are reinforced by cultural differences. The gaze of the observer is not always objective, either. That our imagination, too, is not always in line with reality is obvious from the photographs, books and prints in this exhibition.