Call for artists

Call for Artists

(artists, poets, musicians, performers, educators, crafty folk)

Want to be part of a kick-ass international vagina celebration tour?

What:

101 Vagina Book Launch and Exhibition Tour – USA & Canada 2014
Festival of the Vagina

Where & When:

April to June 2014
For full details see: http://101vagina.com/usa-canada
Also posted at the bottom of this page

Contact:

If you’re interested please contact us via the contact page here:
http://101vagina.com/contact

Details:

The 101 Vagina project is looking for artist who would like to bring their art / music / performance / poetry / education to be included in the exhibition space.

Opening days/nights of the exhibition tour will play host to a mini Festival of the Vagina. The idea is to bring together local artists, educators, etc together in vaginal celebration.

The exhibition and event are free for all to attend, though a donation will be sought from attendees to help cover costs like gallery hire etc. 101 Vagina will be covering the cost of the exhibition space etc, so though you may have your work for sale, we ask that you understand that the main focus of the event/exhibition will be the 101 Vagina book and exhibition.

At the various venues I hope to have some spare wall space for art, floor space for sculpture and performance, etc. Some venues are smaller/larger than others, so I need to work with what’s available.

Past events have included:

  • vagina crafternoon: make a vagina/vulva out of various crafty materials
  • muff muffins: decorate muffins (cup cakes) with toppings
  • musicians performing vagina songs
  • spoken word and poetry around vaginas and body image in general
  • vagina art and sculptures
  • Vaginal Mary confessional: confess your sins directly to her living breathing vagina under her nun’s habit
  • Speeches by sexuality educators, therapists, politician, plastic surgeon, etc

General support:

Whether you have art to contribute or not, I’ll also need support pulling all this together. If there is a particular part of the day you’d like to take charge of, like organising performers or running the vagina crafternoon, that would be super helpful.

Or if you’re just happy to help out a bit on the say with things that need doing then that would also be very appreciated.

Money:

Just to be clear, I self-published (via the name Taboo Books which I registered) and pulled this entire project and tour together myself without a publisher or corporate backing. The only way this project continues is through donations and book sales. At this stage the project is far, far away from even breaking even (gotta pay galleries etc). So any help you can offer basically goes towards keeping the show on the road; my pockets are not being lined. Further, proceeds are going to organisations who work to end and heal violence towards women. Thank you.

See this video to see the Festival of the Vagina in Sydney that was part of the 101 Vagina exhibition there in June 2013:

TOUR: Cities – Dates – Venues

 

Los Angeles: 5 – 13 April


DATES:
Saturday 5 April – Sunday 13 April, 2014

VENUE:

Think Tank Gallery
939 Maple Ave, Suite #200
Los Angeles

 

San Francisco: 19 – 27 April


DATES:
Saturday 19 April – Sunday 27 April, 2014

VENUE:
Goforaloop Gallery & Studios
1458 San Bruno Avenue
San Francisco

 

Montreal: 17 – 25 May


Dates:
Saturday 17 May – Sunday 25 May, 2014

Venue:
Le repaire des 100 talents
5867 Rue Saint-Hubert
Montreal

 

New York: 3 – 8 June


Dates:
Tuesday 3 June – Sunday 8 June, 2014

Venue:
NOo SPHERE Arts
251 East Houston St
New York

 

Toronto: 14 – 22 June


Dates:
Saturday 14 June – Sunday 22 June, 2014

Venue:
Creative Blueprint Gallery
376 Bathurst Street
Toronto

 

 

Press Release: 101 Vagina Book Launch and Exhibition Tour – USA & Canada 2014

Press release:

101 Vagina book launch and exhibition tour.

After two years in the making, the 101 Vagina book is being launched in the USA and Canada with a series of exhibitions across the two countries from April to June 2014.

101Vagina is about breaking down the taboo around the vagina and body image shame generally. It’s also about the sharing of story and celebration of our diversity.

The book comprises 101 black and white photos of women’s vaginas, in front on standing pose, accompanied by a message written by each woman about her vagina. The messages span the spectrum of emotions and form a small compendium of women’s experiences with their vaginas and womanhood in general.

The book is self-published via Taboo Books by German/Australian photographer Philip Werner. It was first launched in Melbourne in 2013 after a successful crowdfunding campaign and Werner is now taking the book to the world via America.

Werner was first inspired by reading Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues in 2007, and wanted to do something to counteract the unrealistic standards held up by various media which lead many women to feel that they are not normal or attractive.

So many current issues are raised by the 101 Vagina book that it’s difficult to encapsulate: Labiaplasty, pubic hair styles, genital mutilation, goddess worship, rape culture, orgasms, body image, masturbation, and even censorship of the word vagina itself.

Once printed, $5 from every book sold will go to women’s charities.

Traversing the continent, the tour will start in Los Angeles (5-13 April) before visiting San Francisco (19-27 April), Montreal (17-25 May), New York (3-8 June) and finishing in Toronto (14-22 June). Exhibitions in the UK may follow.

The book launch exhibitions will also feature a Festival of the Vagina, bringing local artists performers and educators together in vaginal celebration.

101 Penis and 101 Breasts are also in the making.

Website:
http://101vaigna.com

Tour details:
http://101vagina.com/usa-canada

Contact:
Philip Werner
philip@philipwernerfoto.com

Interviews at 101 Vagina Book Exhibition

I finally got around to editing interviews of visitors to the 101 Vagina Book Exhibition in Melbourne.

Various people’s responses to the book and exhibition express a range of emotions that often took the viewers by surprise.

This exhibition was part of the 2013 Melbourne Fringe arts festival in September/October 2013.

Posts about the exhibition itself are here and feedback from the exhibition here:


 

Media Release: 101 Vagina calendar ready for Xmas; 101 Penis project progressing.

Media Release: 5 Dec 2013
101 Vagina calendar ready for Xmas; 101 Penis project progressing.

Following the successful exhibition of the 101 Vagina book at Sydney Fringe and Melbourne Fringe festivals, photographer Philip Werner is now busy with the follow-up project, 101 Penis, as well as planing the US launch of 101 Vagina.

The photographic work for the 101 Penis project is now well under way with 29 out of 101 participants already photographed, and Werner is seeking more participants.

101 Vagina and 101 Penis are about breaking down the taboo around our genitalia and body image shame generally. They confront the lies we are told about what’s normal, and celebrate our diversity and humanity.

The already completed 101 Vagina book comprises black and white photos of 101 women’s vaginas, each accompanied by a message or story written by each woman about her vagina. The messages are candid and span the spectrum of emotions. Together they form a small compendium of women’s experiences around their vaginas and womanhood generally.

101 Vagina is particularly relevant today given the startling rise in women and teenagers seeking labiaplasty (cosmetic surgery on the vagina) in Australia, while we lament genital mutilation in other countries at the same time.

Already published locally (via Taboo Books), 101 Vagina is launching in the USA in April 2014.

Anyone interested in participating in 101 Penis or 101 Breasts can get in touch with Philip via any of the project websites.

Looking for that perfect Christmas gift? Buy the 101 Vagina calendar or book for your friends online at the 101 Vagina website.

Websites:
http://101vagina.com
http://101penis.com
http://101breasts.com

Media Contact:
Philip Werner
philip@philipwernerfoto.com

Philip Werner on Nude Photography and Shame

joy-949-fm1Here is the live radio interview on Joy FM 94.9 Hide and Seek program with Andrew the Apprentice and Avi Miller, Thursday 31 October 2013.

You can also listen to the audio file through the player below.

They called to ask me onto the show in response to an article I wrote in the Good Men Project titled “Getting over shame through nude photography“.

Most of the discussion is more about the 101 Penis project I’m working on, but also body image shame generally and also the 101 Vagina project.

 

101 Vagina is coming to the USA !!!

It’s booked!

101 Vagina – USA – April 2014.

USA flag 101 Vagina edit s

DATES:
Saturday 5 April – Sunday 13 April, 2014

VENUE:
Think Tank Gallery, LA

Capture(Edit: Please see the updated page listing all dates and venues here:
101vagina.com/usa-canada
)

 

This will include a one day Festival of the Vagina, pulling together local artists, performers, educators, etc. under the umbrella of celebrating the vagina and removing the taboos.

Know someone who might light to participate? Pass it on :)

So far I have only got one city lined up (Los Angeles) but I am still looking for venues in San Francisco, New York etc. Know some venues or have an idea of which city you’d like to see 101 Vagina exhibited in? Let me know.

I am also looking at the possibility of touring Europe after the USA, but that’s a distant dream at the moment? Want to help me make that one real? Again, first thing I need is venues for the exhibition.

I’m really happy to be landing at Think Tank Gallery, they do some cool stuffs!

It’s early days, busy preparing all the publicity materials etc. so keep a look out for updates. I’ll be doing my best to get the attention of everyone who’ll listen. Ellen DeGeneres, are you listening???

So, in the mean time…

SHARE SHARE SHARE !!!

:)

 

101 Vagina live on Channel 31

I was very excited to be live on TV for the first time on Channel 31!

Friday 27 September 2013

The Comic Box were doing a series of interviews of artists that were participating in the Melbourne Fringe arts festival. Normally they have a focus on theatre and performance art, but for the fringe they branch out and interview a broad range of art.

The other interviews are edited out, but the show intro and credits remain. It’s a bit kooky, but I think I got the main messages out there well enough :)

Thanks to the crew who put it together, all voluntarily !

Enjoy :)