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Press Release: 101 Vagina Calendar for 2015

2015 Calendar Tackling Body Image Issues

 

The 101 Vagina project has released a calendar for 2015 after a successful tour of the USA and Canada in the first half of 2014.

The calendar includes a selection of 12 diverse photos from the 101 Vagina book with a message written by each woman about her vagina superimposed over the images.

The calendar is only $17 and available for purchase online here: http://www.101vagina.com/calendar/

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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.

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Find more about the 101 Vagina project here: http://101vagina.com

The photographer behind the 101 Vagina project, Philip Werner, is available for interviews.

Contact:     Philip Werner
Email:        vagina@101vagina.com
Website:    http://101vagina.com

 

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

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

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

Media Release: Parents invited to bring children to vagina exhibition

Media release: 29/9/2013
Parents invited to bring children to vagina exhibition

There is so much in the media these days about children learning about sex and sexuality through pornography, and about the startling rise in women and girls seeking out labiaplasty, yet very little is put forward by the way of alternative information and education sources.

The 101 Vagina book is not about sex per se, nor is it an educational manual. However, it is about women’s sexual organs and their relationship to them, and presents a perspective which is honest, candid and often very moving.

The black and white photos are a frontal view in standing pose. They are not intended to shock, nor as a detailed lesson in genital anatomy, they simply show that “normal” is a broad range, rather than the narrow view presented by mainstream media.

In this way 101 Vagina aims to break down the taboo around genitalia and body image shame generally. It celebrates diversity and the sharing of story and wisdom, and intends to generate debate and greater acceptance of our bodies and our sexuality.

As if to highlight the taboo, police visited the exhibition in Sydney in June due to complaints and requested that the gallery windows be covered. They also suggested that minors should be kept out of the exhibition. The project creator and photographer, Philip Werner, responded by writing an article called “Children come out of vaginas but are not allowed to see them?” published in Ciao magazine.

Such real, unedited photos, and candid messages about women’s relationship to their bodies are uncommon for children to come across, yet it’s important that the distorted view presented by the mainstream is countered somehow.

One women had this to share about bringing her three year old daughter to the exhibition in June: “… I was thrilled to bring my 3 yr old daughter along, and set her on the path for having pride of her vagina, her self, her future pleasure, her body and it’s life giving abilities & to make sure she’s empowered! …”

Children, growing into teenagers, don’t naturally develop shame about their bodies, it is taught to them by us adults. They are naturally curious, trying to understand the world around them, which means they’ll find information one way or another. Therefore it is up to us adults to guide them through the misinformation in the culture we’ve created.

Attending the gallery Werner said: “Several teachers have come through the exhibition and said how great it would be to get school groups through here, or get the book in to school libraries. I’d love for that to happen. More than one woman in the book wrote about considering labiaplasty as a teenager. This is such a great antidote to that.”

The 101 Vagina Book Exhibition is part of the 2013 Melbourne Fringe arts festival as is up for another week until Sunday 6 October.The exhibition is free and open to the public (rated PG), though donations are appreciated to help pay for costs.

101 Vagina Book Exhibition

Dates: 25 Sept to 6 Oct
Times: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat-Sun 12-5pm
Venue: Colour Factory 409-429 Gore St Fitzroy

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

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

Contacts:
Philip Werner (project creator): philip@philipwernerfoto.com
Colour Factory Gallery: www.colourfactory.com.au

 

Media Release: Vagina calendar raising funds protest against violence towards women and girls

Media Release: 26 November 2012

Vagina calendar raising funds for protest against violence towards women and girls

Toni Childs and One Billion Rising (V-Day) event organisers in Melbourne, Australia, in cooperation with the 101 Vagina Project, have released a 2013 Vagina Calendar to raise funds for a unique kind of protest.

On February 14, 2013 people around the globe will rise up and dance their protest against violence towards women and girls. We are inviting you to join the global campaign. Spearheaded by Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues and founder of V-Day, One Billion Rising has created a platform for women and men around the world to be seen and heard as they protest the reality that 1 in 3 women will suffer violence and exploitation in their lifetime (http://onebillionrising.org).

Toni Childs, three-time Grammy nominated recording artist, Emmy Winner, and long time advocate of women’s empowerment: “I am excited about coming together as a Nation to honor the women of Australia! It is time to heal and evolve and affirm that we as a Nation can create a violence free society! I believe in us, and I believe in the power and the deep wisdom that lives inside each one of us. I believe in the power to heal what has been broken in us, and to stop the ancestral cycles of abuse that we live with. We’re at the point of change… The cycle stops with each and every one of us!”

Coming out and standing up is a declaration and a resonance that ripples through us, our personal relationships, our society and the world! Valentines Day 2013 is about making the plausible possible… !!”

The event is to be held at Federation Square for maximum visibility, thereby challenging the invisibility of this issue.

One Billion Rising Melbourne even page: http://onebillionrising.org/page/event/detail/startarising/wrr8
One Billion Rising Melbourne Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/OneBillionRisingMelbourne

Dr Lauren Woodman, who also organises the Seven Sisters Festival feels that: “One Billion Rising is such a beautiful, empowering concept, we felt inspired by it’s vision and wish to support this global celebratory protest. We would love to shake the ground with Melbourne’s support of this issue by shaking, stomping & dancing ‘No’ to violence against women.”

The calendar itself will consist of 12 black and white photos from the upcoming 101 Vagina coffee-table book. Each image is accompanied by a message, from each woman, about her vagina.

101 Vagina was inspired by The Vagina Monologues out of which the V-Day Foundation and One Billion Rising sprang. It’s about breaking down the taboos around vaginas in particular and body image shame in general. It’s also about celebrating diverse bodies and raising funds for charity (http://101vagina.com).

Philip Werner, creator of the 101 Vagina project and organiser of Melbourne’s recent peace march in honour or Jill Meagher, says: “Sexual repression and sexual abuse are directly related and the taboos around our bodies and genitalia contribute to this repression. We enter the world through the vagina at conception and at birth. Vaginas are sacred, this taboo must end.”

Jenna Price, one of the women behind the Destroy the Joint movement, which the organisers wholeheartedly support, interviewed Werner for this Fairfax Media article: http://goo.gl/zWyiT

Federation Square charge $20,000 to provide all the necessary infrastructure and services for the event.

$10 from the sale of every calendar will go towards the One Billion Rising event and corporate sponsors are also being sought to meet event costs.

One Billion Rising Melbourne organisers:
– Toni Childs (Emmy award winning singer/songwriter)
– Tamar Spatz (Teacher & women’s rights activist)
– Dr Lauren Woodman (Seven Sisters Festival event organiser)
– Dr Caroline Lambert (Women’s human rights advocate)
– Philip Werner (Photographer, 101 Vagina project)

Contact: onebillionrisingmelbourne@gmail.com

Purchase the 2013 Vagina Calendar here:
http://101vagina.com/calendar

Media Release: 101 Vagina Pozible crowdfunding campaign launched to tackle body image taboo.

Media Release: 5 October 2012
101 Vagina Pozible crowdfunding campaign launched to tackle body image taboo.

Melbourne photographer, Philip Werner, has launched a crowd-funding campaign (http://pozible.com/101vagina) to support the publication of a taboo smashing coffee table photo book.

Alarmed by the huge increase in labiaplasty which he sees as a manifestation of the taboo around women’s sexuality, Philip has produced the coffee-table photo book, simply called 101 Vagina, which presents 101 black and white photos of vaginas in all their various forms, each with a story by the woman concerned. The stories are candid and span the emotional gamut from raw to funny, from joyful to sad.

The book aims to help break down body image taboos, raise money for women’s charities and celebrate women’s bodies in all their diversity.

Philip was initially inspired by Eve Ensler’s book The Vagina Monologues and wanted to contribute to the causes she highlighted , for example the V-Day foundation and OneBillionRising campaign which are working to end violence against women and girls and has contacted V-Day to request permission to host a V-Day or V-Men event.

He decided to utilise his photographic skills to help people talk about body image issues, heal old wounds and prevent new ones. Thus 101 Vagina was born.

Over a period of two years he took photos of 101 volunteer subjects and collected their stories. The project has already sparked debate and helped its subjects and now Philip wants to publish it in coffee-table book format so it can have a wider effect.

“As a society we have such an unhealthy relationship with our bodies. Our sexuality is repressed and so many people carry deep shame about their body.

“I believe that sexual repression contributes to acts of rape, abuse and harassment. It also makes us easily manipulated into buying things we don’t need, the alarming increase in labiaplasty being the most glaring example.

“By tackling these taboos, the project allows a more open dialogue and helps us feel better about ourselves. Let’s not forget that sex should be about pleasure and joy.”

Five dollars from the sale of every book will also go to various women’s charities.

“Because I was first inspired by Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues so I wanted to give back to the causes she has highlighted.”

This Pozible crowd-funding campaign runs for about three months and needs to raise $20,000 for the first large print run to keep the cost per book down. People can pledge any amount from $1 upwards, and those pledging $50 (plus postage) or more will receive a copy of the book once it’s printed. Effectively it becomes a pre-order or the book, rather than a donation.

“The great thing with this Pozible campaign is that everybody wins. The project wins because it will enable the book to be printed, the supporters win because they will get the book as a reward, and various charities will win from the funds raised. Besides, once it hit’s retail stores it will more likely sell for around $70, so Pozible supporters will be getting a bargain”.

The Pozible campaign page includes a video where Philip and several participants talk about the project.

Visit the websites to see what it is all about and make your pledge to support the project!

For the Pozible campaign please visit:
http://pozible.com/101vagina

And the main page is at:
http://101vagina.com

Philip is available for interview or questions through:
e: philip@philipwernerfoto.com