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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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101 Vagina is coming in SYDNEY !


Note – future exhibitions:

See the 101 Vagina Book Exhibition at the
Sydney Fringe (17-22 Sept) and
Melbourne Fringe (25 Sep – 6 Oct) in 2013.


Dates (past):

101 Vagina Exhibition:
Thu 27 – Sun 30 June, 12 – 5 pm
Festival of the Vagina:
Saturday 29 June 2013, 12 – 5 pm

Venue:
107 Projects – 107 Redfern St. Redfern

101 Vagina Exhibition:
Thu 27 – Sun 30 June, 12 – 5 pm
The exhibition will comprise all 101 photos and stories from the 101 Vagina coffee-table book.
Some other artists work will also be on display.

Festival of the Vagina:
Saturday 29 June 2013, 12 – 5 pm
Vagina Crafternoon – Live Music –  Vagina Art Installations – Poetry – Performance – Educators
Lineup will be updated as contributors are confirmed.

Book Publishing & Printing:
101 Vagina is published by Taboo Books, Melbourne.
Proudly printed locally in Melbourne on 40% recycled content FSC paper with soy based inks.
The Book will be for sale at special price of $50. Retail price is $60.

Official Endorsements:
: Women’s Health Victoria : Australian Sex Party :

Entry:
Entry is by voluntary donation to cover event costs. We suggest:
$2 = I’m totes pov; $5 = I’m totes pov, but I care about art and vaginas
$10 = I have an income; $15 = I have an income and I care about art and vaginas.

We believe this event is worth more than four coffees, and will give you a better high :)

 

And, which poster do you prefer?

A0 Sydney Launch Poster v3 Colour

A0 Launch Poster v3 Colour

 

Book Launch and Exhibition

After over two years in the making 101 Vagina is finally giving birth :)

101 Vagina – Book Launch and Exhibition

Date: Friday 22 March 2013
Venue: 1000 Pound Bend – 361 Lt Lonsdale St Melbourne
Times:  Book launch event: 6m – 10pm  |  Exhibition: 10am – 10pm

A3 Launch Poster 1000£ v5.6

Click to enlarge & print.

 

101 Vagina is about breaking down the taboos and shame that many women feel around their genitals and bodies in general. It celebrates uniqueness and diversity, thereby confronting the lies we are told about what’s normal and where beauty lies.

The book comprises 101 beautiful black and white photos, accompanied by a message from or about each woman’s vagina to the world. 101 Vagina is therefore also very much about the sharing of story, experience and wisdom. The messages written by the women in the book (and on the blog) are candid and span the spectrum of emotions. They form a small compendium of women’s intimate experience with their own genitalia, sexuality and sometimes, the very essence of what womanhood means to them. It is these messages that give the book it’s depth and invite the reader to consider the subject more deeply.

The book launch event will be a mini Festival of the Vagina. Many other artists, educators and even politicians, will contribute to turn the evening into the kind of celebration that vaginas deserve, in stark contrast to the taboo with which they are burdened.

The exhibition will comprise the entire contents of the book and the book will be available for sale.

Toni Childs wrote the foreword for the book and will hopefully be able to attend (to be confirmed).

A small voluntary donation may be sought on the door to help cover event costs.

 

Festival of the Vagina: Book launch event
Spoken word : Dance : Art Installations : Vagina Monologue : Live Music : Video : Education : Burlesque : Vulva Cushion : Comedy : Victorian Roller Derby League : Chai : Vulva Muffins : And more :

Endorsed by:
: Women’s Health Victoria : Australian Sex Party :


 

As a point of curiosity, one of the galleries I applied to to host the exhibition was the No Vacancy gallery in the QV building. The gallery owner was happy to offer me the space but he was overruled by the actual building owners, Colonial First State (Commonwealth Bank) due to the nature of the exhibition.

Ironically the QV Centre is on the site of the old Queen Victoria Hospital. Their website (http://www.qvwc.org.au/about-us/history) has this to say about it’s history:

The Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital 1946 – 1987

The second era saw pioneering work in the field of women’s and children’s health, building on the great strides in women’s health care that had already made since the ‘Queen Vic’ was founded in 1896 ‘for women, by women’. During this era Dame Kate Campbell’s insights put the hospital at the forefront of work in the care of premature babies. Other notable firsts included the appointment of interpreters’ enabling hospital staff to be trained in up to 20 languages, the creation of Australia’s first midwife-led Birth Centre, gender dysphoria clinic and Centre Against Sexual Assault in the 1970s and an internationally renowned IVF programme pioneered by Dr Lorna Lloyd-Green.

“It should be the obstetrician’s duty to ‘seek to determine not what the woman can endure, but what she can accomplish.”

– Dr Lorna Lloyd-Green, ‘Queen Vic’ obstetrician

Before I even knew of this history I could see the media release headline in my minds eye:

“Commonwealth Bank rejects vagina exhibition.”

Well, it may still happen, keep your eye on the news ;)