(Photo: Nina Westervelt)

Last time we bumped in photographer Anna Bloda, she was trying on clothes. This time, she’s stripping them off. Bloda is baring all for a group exhibit that opens tonight at Rox gallery — and judging from the flyer for “POLISH,” she’s not the only one getting naked.

The exhibit features over 50 artists, all of whom were asked to interpret the word “polish.” The curators — Rox and Wallplay — intend to critique and subvert the “polished” commercial gallery scene. An exercise in “curated chaos,” the resulting exhibit is stuffed with paper, brick, marble, glass, razor blades, video, sandpaper, paint tubes, and photography.

For Bloda, who is from Poland, the word immediately became a pun. “This is polish, regarding shiny surfaces, elegance… but it is also Polish polish, my nationality.” Each of her contributions to the exhibit are gleaming, topless self-portraits. “I’m covered in coconut oil, so my body is very shiny,” she explains. “I usually show myself in an erotic way so people think I’m perfect, desirable, even plastic, but this time I decided that as an artist I have to be honest. So I have my long boobies hanging down — it’s clear that youth is slipping away.”

Anna Bloda's self-portrait.

Anna Bloda’s self-portrait.

Bloda’s work is a rejection of religious moralism in Poland, which dictates that exposing oneself makes you “a bad person, unwanted, controversial,” she said. By contrast, Bloda believes that “in the body is power. In the body is the truth about us… And the true polish, the true shine, comes from the inside.”

In addition to the multisensory artwork, the opening night will include a performance by Polish musician ‘Lass,’ and a live installation of Charles Eshelman’s ‘Come Clean” bathtub.

And if a multisensory explosion of insubordinate artwork isn’t enough to get you wired, go next door to check out Wallplay’s concept counter at street level, where from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, Intelligentsia coffee will be served in cups that remind you, “NO PRESSURE, NO DIAMOND.”

“POLISH” at Rox NYC, 86 Delancey Street, at Orchard St.; opens May 20 (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.), on display through June 26

Correction: due to an editing error a couple of instances of the Ms. Bloda’s name were misspelled in the original version of this post.