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Press Release: This Saturday 5th April, 101 Vagina Exhibition and Book Launch

Press Release: 2 April 2014

This Saturday 5th April, 101 Vagina Exhibition and Book Launch

After months of planning, the 101 Vagina Exhibition and Book Launch are upon us.

L.A.’s Think Tank Gallery in the heart of Downtown’s Fashion District will host the official book launch and inaugural exhibition of 101 Vagina in the USA after a hugely successful launch and four exhibitions in Australia.

Event Title:
101 Vagina Exhibition and Book Launch

Dates:
Sat 5th to Sun 13th April, 2014. Open daily 12-8pm

Opening Night:
Saturday 5th April, 6-9pm

Venue:
Think Tank Gallery
939 Maple Ave #200
Los Angeles

The opening night events will include:

  • Official Book Launch of 101 Vagina in USA
  • Exhibition of all 101 photos and 101 messages from the 101 Vagina book
  • Speeches by project creator Philip Werner and renowned sexuality educators
  • A Vagina Crafternoon where people can make their own vagina art
  • Listening station. Hear several women read out their vagina messages from the book
  • Other local artists vagina art in various mediums.

On top of this, various events have been planned for the week that 101 Vagina is in town.

  • Sat 5th April, 6-9pm: Book Launch and Exhibition Opening night.
  • Wed 9th April, 8pm: Pozible crowdfunding workshop. I will share his experiences of crowdfunding $20,000 needed to self publish and print 101 Vagina in Australia
  • Thu 10th April, 6-11pm: 101 Vagina will be part of LA Art Walk
  • Sat 12th April, 6-8pm: Book signing and meet the artist
  • Sat 12th April, 8-9pm: Photo shoot for 101 Penis & 101 Breasts
  • Sun 13th April: 1-3pm: Art school discussion group around vaginas in art.
  • Sun 13th April 4-6pm: Women’s group discussing body image, vaginas and labiaplasty.

101 Vagina is about breaking down the taboo around vaginas and body image shame generally. It confronts the lies we are told about what’s normal and celebrates our uniqueness and diversity. 101 Vagina is also about the sharing of story, of experience; the passing down of knowledge and wisdom.

This book contains 101 beautiful black and white photos of 101 women, along with a message, story or poem written by each woman to accompany their photo. The messages are candid and span the spectrum of emotions. They are raw and honest and form a small compendium of women’s experiences with their bodies and womanhood in general, with a focus on the vagina.

101 Vagina is light and profound, cheeky and deep.

After L.A, the exhibition will be visiting San Francisco (19-27 April), Montreal (17-25 May), New York (3-8 June) and finishing in Toronto (14-22 June). An exhibition in London, UK will follow in August.

Review copies of 101 Vagina are available on request. 101 Penis and 101 Breasts are also in the making.

 

Website:
http://101vagina.com/usa-canada

Contact:
Philip Werner – philip@philipwernerfoto.com

Timetable of events for L.A. 101 Vagina Exhibition and Book Launch

101 VAGINA EXHIBITION AND BOOK LAUNCH – Los Angeles


DATES:
Saturday 5 April – Sunday 13 April, 2014
Daily 12-8pm

OPENING NIGHT:
Sat 5 April, 6-9pm

VENUE:
CaptureThink Tank Gallery
939 Maple Ave, Suite #200
Los Angeles

FACEBOOK event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/529198267192849

FULL TOUR DETAILS:
Los Angeles (5 – 13 April), San Francisco (19 – 27 April), Montreal (17 – 25 May), New York (3 – 8 June), Toronto (14 – 22 June)
See: http://101vagina.com/usa-canada

 

What’s it all about?


101 Vagina is about breaking down the taboo around vaginas and body image shame generally. It confronts the lies we are told about what’s normal and celebrates our uniqueness and diversity. 101 Vagina is also about the sharing of story, of experience; the passing down of knowledge and wisdom.

This book contains 101 beautiful black and white photos of 101 women, along with a message, story or poem written by each woman to accompany their photo. The messages are candid and span the spectrum of emotions. They are raw and honest and form a small compendium of women’s experiences with their bodies and womanhood in general, with a focus on the vagina.

101 Vagina is light and profound, cheeky and deep.

101 Vagina events during the exhibition


The opening night events will include:

  • Official Book Launch of 101 Vagina in USA
  • Exhibition of all 101 photos and 101 messages from the 101 Vagina book
  • Speeches by project creator Philip Werner and renowned sexuality educators
  • A Vagina Crafternoon where people can make their own vagina art
  • Listening station. Hear several women read out their vagina messages from the book
  • Other local artists vagina art in various mediums.

And below is the timetable of 101 Vagina events following on during the week and next weekend.

  • Sat 5th April, 6-9pm: Book Launch and Exhibition Opening night.
  • Wed 9th April, 8pm: Pozible crowdfunding workshop. I will share my experiences of crowdfunding $20,000 needed to self publish and print 101 Vagina in Australia
  • Thu 10th April, 6-11pm: 101 Vagina will be part of LA Art Walk – OPEN TILL LATE !
  • Sat 12th April, 6-8pm: Book signing and meet the artist
  • Sat 12th April, 8-9pm: Photo shoot for 101 Penis & 101 Breasts
  • Sun 13th April: 1-3pm: Art school discussion group around vaginas in art.
  • Sun 13th April 4-6pm: Women’s group discussing body image, vaginas and labiaplasty.

For the full international tour details see: http://101vagina.com/usa-canada

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Feedback from guests


 

Melbourne Fringe interviews

Rachael: “I felt like it was really well handled, and really caring.”

Ebri: “It was overwhelming in the best way possible.”

George: “It kinda made me wish I had a vagina.”

Melbourne Fringe 2013 exhibition feedback

Here is some initial feedback from the guestbook at the 101 Vagina Book Exhibition as part of the Melbourne Fringe festival.

Should be part of sex ed for all young people!

Should be part of sex ed for all young people!

Amazing to see real women!

Amazing to see real women!

Open, honest, sensitive & raw.

Open, honest, sensitive & raw.

Very liberating.

Very liberating.

A look in the mirror

A look in the mirror

Love yourself

Love yourself

Permanent exhibition.

Permanent exhibition.

I learnt something at 52.

I learnt something at 52.

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So many variations.

Indeed uplifting.

Indeed uplifting.

Draw your vagina!

Draw your vagina!

Opening Night 2013 Sydney Fringe

The opening night of the 101 Vagina Book Exhibition as part of the Sydney Fringe was packed!

People had heard about it from all sorts of different directions and once again it was great to see people engage with and absorb the work. There is a kind if reverence with which many people stand and read, and look, and read.

Great to have Tami Sussman perform her “That word Vagina” spoken word piece, Hannah from Honi Soit talking about the recent #vaginasoit issue, and Nikki Goldstein, a well known sexologist, delivering some vagina education.

Thanks to Tap Gallery for the great space. It’s a non-profit community run organisation! :)

QR code vaginas a hit at Sydney Fringe Arts Forum

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The QR code censored vaginas were a hit at the opening night of the Sydney Fringe Arts Forum in Leichardt on Friday night.

Read here why the images were censored in the first place.

This is the first time that 101 Vagina images and text had been exhibited in a setting that was not exclusively about 101 Vagina. This meant many people came face to face with it who were not expecting to be.

It made for some interesting reactions. Some people straight away engaged in various ways, others walked past pretending not to notice, apparently feeling embarrassed. More often than not it is the men who seem to feel too embarrassed to look and read. I suspect that this is due to an unspoken cultural attitude that looking makes you some sort of pervert. No wonder internet porn is so popular, since people can look without anyone seeing you looking.

I think I also overestimated people’s comfort and skill levels with their smartphones. Many people made no attempt to scan the QR codes, and may not have realised that there was more to them than met the eyes (though it was explained clearly on an information page).

Still, many people got out their phones, scanned the codes and read the linked articles. Now as before I am always fascinated to watch people engage with the 101 Vagina project. Always there will be people who are touched and moved and deeply appreciative of the work and the message.

Interestingly, the venue manager, who had initially said that the images could not be displayed, and then said that they need to be censored, came up to me afterwards and expressed her support for the project. She said that she completely agreed that it is not children who have problems with nudity, but their parents, who then impose these problems on their children. She had just been concerned about complaints from parents to council etc and didn’t want to have to deal with any kind of fallout. Fair enough. Just goes to show that projects like this are still needed to remove these taboos.

The group exhibition at the Italian Forum is still on until the 29th Sep, Wednesday to Sunday 2-6pm

Now I’m looking forward to the main event, the exhibition at Tap Gallery.

 

Below are the URL’s linked to by the QR codes:

http://www.101vagina.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/MG_9852-640s.jpg
http://au.artshub.com/au/news-article/news/visual-arts/police-monitor-vagina-exhibition-195868
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/13/apple-itunes-censors-vagina-penis-references-okay_n_1879197.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/jun/15/michigan-politician-banned-using-word-vagina
http://www.mamamia.com.au/news/why-australian-law-demands-all-vaginas-be-digitally-altered-nsfw/
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/22/honi-soit-vulvas-censorship
http://www.101vagina.com/2013/08/16/censorship-at-sydney-fringe-2013/

Melbourne Fringe Fest 2013

101 Vagina Book Exhibition is part of the 2013 Melbourne Fringe Fest !

Dates: Wed 25 September – Sun 6 October 2013
Times: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat-Sun: 12-5 pm
Opening night: Thursday 26 Sept: 6 – 9 pm
Venue: Colour Factory: 409 -429 Gore Street, Fitzroy, Victoria 3065

Melbourne Fringe event page:
http://www.melbournefringe.com.au/fringe-festival/show/101-vagina-book-exhibition/

See feedback here.

See video interviews of visitors to the exhibition here.

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Sydney Fringe Fest 2013

101 Vagina Book Exhibition is confirmed for the 2013 SYDNEY FRINGE FEST !

Dates: Tue 17 – Sun 22 September 2013
Time: 12-6pm. (See opening night below)
Opening night: Tuesday 17th Sept. 6-9pm
Venue: Tap Gallery – 45 Burton St., Darlinghurst

Sydney Fringe event page:
http://2013.sydneyfringe.com/event/visual-arts-installation-environment/101-vagina-book-exhibition

 

The opening night of the 101 Vagina Book Exhibition as part of the Sydney Fringe was packed!

People had heard about it from all sorts of different directions and once again it was great to see people engage with and absorb the work. There is a kind if reverence with which many people stand and read, and look, and read.

Great to have Tami Sussman perform her “That word Vagina” spoken word piece, Hannah from Honi Soit talking about the recent #vaginasoit issue, and Nikki Goldstein, a well known sexologist, delivering some vagina education. And the Vaginal Mary Confessional was once again a hit :)

Thanks to Tap Gallery for the great space. It’s a non-profit community run organisation! :)

 

 

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