01/21/2014 12:44 pm ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

‘She. Herself. Naked.': The Art of He Chengyao

Wearing only underpants, He Chengyao faces the camera, the long acupuncture needles sticking out of her body making her look somewhat like a human porcupine. The performance art piece, now a video and a photograph, is titled “99 Needles.”

In another work, a photograph titled “Opening the Great Wall,” Ms. He (pronounced “her,”) strides topless along China’s Great Wall, her obvious femininity lending a twist to the popular Chinese saying that “You’re not a real man until you visit the Great Wall.”

Stunt nudity or something deeper?

Read more on The New York Times