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Media Release: 101 Vagina Book Exhibition back after police interference

Media Release: 2 July 2013

101 Vagina Book Exhibition back after police interference

The 101 Vagina Book Exhibition is coming back to Sydney in September 2013 to be part of the Sydney Fringe arts festival.

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

This is particularly relevant to the growing concerns around female genital mutilation and it’s sibling, labiaplasty. The increase in labiaplasty operations sought out by women and even teenage girls has shocked many people and been the subject of much media attention.

The book (and exhibition) contains 101 black & white photos along with a message written by each woman to accompany their photo. The messages that the participating women have shared are candid and moving. It is light and profound, cheeky and deep. The audience finds itself transfixed by story after story about women’s relationship with their vaginas. This is not the kind of exhibition you forget.

Dr. Elizabeth Gordon, herself an artist, said “I’ve been to many, many gallery openings and I’ve never seen people so engaged with the work, people are actually looking at everything and reading everything, rather than just standing around socialising. It’s addictive, once you read one you just have to keep going.”

The 101 Vagina book spent over two years in the making and only got to print after a successful Pozible crowdfunding campaign.

As might be expected it has had it’s share of controversy along the way. Before the book launch some outspoken feminists were upset about the fact that the project creator is male. Then, at the exhibition in Sydney in June, the City of Sydney council and the local police received complaints because images were visible to the public through the galleries windows. The police requested the windows be covered resulting in MX newspaper writing “Hide the vagina” on their front page (Friday 28 June 2013).

As so often happens, the only complaints have come from people who have not actually engaged with the project and read the stories. The overwhelming response to 101 Vagina is of heartfelt support and gratitude.

The 101 Vagina Book – Exhibition in the Sydney Fringe will the third time that this book will be exhibited. The first was for the book launch in Melbourne in March 2013 and the second in Sydney in June. Both were accompanied by the Festival of the Vagina which brought together a diverse range of artists, poets, musicians, educators, and politicians under the banner of removing the taboo around the vagina.

Let’s see how Sydney responds to this round of vaginal celebration.

 

101 Vagina Book Exhibition (Sydney Fringe)

Sydney Fringe page: http://2013.sydneyfringe.com/event/visual-arts-installation-environment/…

Dates:
17-22 Sept., 12-6pm

Opening night:
Thursday 17 Sept. 6-9pm

Venue:
Tap Gallery: 278 Palmer St  Darlinghurst NSW 2010

101 Vagina website:
http://101vagina.com

Contact:
Philip Werner
philip@philipwernerfoto.com

Media Release: 101 Vagina Exhibition comes to Sydney

Media Release: 6 June 2013
101 Vagina Exhibition comes to Sydney

On 29 June 2013, Sydney will host Australia’s second Festival of the Vagina. The first was held in Melbourne in March as part of the 101 Vagina Book Launch and Exhibition, and attracted around 1000 visitors.

Philip Werner, the curator of the Festival of the Vagina and creator of the 101 Vagina project, will be bringing together Sydney’s diverse artists, educators, performers, and musicians, with the common purpose of removing the taboo and shame that many people still feel around their genitalia. He has also begun work on the 101 Penis project.

The award winning artist collective, 107 Projects, will play host to this unique event in Sydney in it’s spacious gallery at 107 Redfern Street, Redfern.

One of the highlights of the Festival of the Vagina will be the 101 Vagina Exhibition, in near life-size format.

101 Vagina is a coffee-table book comprising 101 beautiful black and white photos of vaginas (front on, standing pose) accompanied by a message by each woman from or about her vagina to the world. The aim of the book is to break down the taboo around the vagina and body image shame generally, as well as celebrating diversity and the sharing of story.

The book took over two years to complete and a successful crowdfunding campaign funded the first print run. Now published by Taboo Books, 101 Vagina is available for sale online at the 101 Vagina website and selected bookshops.

Festival of the Vagina:
Saturday 29 June, 2013
12 – 5pm.
http://festivalofthevagina.com

101 Vagina Exhibition: (Book available online)
Thu 27 – Sun 30 June, 2013
12 – 5pm
http://101vagina.com

Venue:
107 Projects: 107 Redfern St. Redfern

Media Contact:
Philip Werner:
philip@philipwernerfoto.com

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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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