Photo by Jesse Walker from Enki Eyewear, used with permission
Marisa Papen, a controversial nude model, and Jesse Walker, an Australian photographer, were both arrested again for a nude photo shoot at the Vatican. This time, they were arrested for a shot of Papen sitting nude on a stack of Bibles in St. Peter's Square.
This is the second time the duo, who refer to themselves as Bonnie and Clyde, has been arrested at the Vatican in recent months for "religiously offensive" nude shoots.
"Not to beat around the bush... A photographic translation that undresses the stupidity of Religion," Papen's website reads.
"I'm not pointing the finger at those who believe... I believe too. This is all about the institution and the rules that have formed... walls around us. Separated us from each other. And from our own selves."
The shot, known as the Third Testament, can be purchased for a little over $25,000.
Over the past year, the duo has traveled to religious sites across the world in order to shoot controversial nude photographs and to promote Walker's eyewear brand, ENKI. They were arrested overnight in Egypt for a similar offense.
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"I like to think ENKI and Marisa are the two most controversial artists and brand on the planet right now," Walker said. "And that's something I am very proud of."
Papel is selling a calendar with her favorite nude shots condemning religion for a little under $70.
While the couple's photos can be seen as offensive, Papen told the Irish Times why she does it.
Recently, she was in St. Peter's Square when the Pope came out to give a short prayer.
"One of the many beggars in the square caught my eye," she said, "a barefoot gypsy lady with badly deformed posture."
"Tears were rolling down her cheeks as she was shaking her wet paper cup for some coins. All the colorful umbrellas passed by in front of her. It was like nobody even saw her."
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