101 Vagina is about breaking down the taboo around vaginas and body image shame generally. It confronts the lies we are told about whatâ€™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 womenâ€™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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Please check out these videosÂ to see more of what 101 Vagina is about.
Or more into audio? Have a listen to some of these radio interviews.
I was first inspired by reading The Vagina Monologues by Eve EnslerÂ while traveling in the USA in 2007. I continue to be inspired by it and the organisation Eve has created,Â V-day, to end violence against women, along with many other similar organisations.
The idea of doing a coffee table book arose after returning to Australia found came across Greg Taylor’s exhibition “Cunts… and other conversations”. I wanted to combine the visual element with women’s own stories. I knew of no other such book and found none when searching online at the time.
Since then I have come across other similar or related projects by other artists which continue to inspire this project, such as:
â€œCuntsâ€: Greg Taylor makes sculptures (not casts) of vaginas.
â€œThe Great Wall of Vaginaâ€:Â Jamie McCartney takes casts of vaginas.
â€œHeart of the flowerâ€: Â Andrew Banes and Yvonne Lumsden created a book of vaginas with photos and educational material.”
“Yoni Portraits”: Christina Camphauses’s intimate yoni paintings.
“The Cookie Book“: Maritza Breitenbach presents an anthology of all things vagina in an accessible, non-graphic way.
“Vagina: A new Biography”: Naomi Wolf’s incredible research into the Vagina-Brain connection.
Above all I am inspired by vaginas and their owners! The response so far has been nothing but positive :)
The photographic part of the work is now complete, however you can still participate by sending in a story, experience or poem for the blog section of this site. Please send your message/story to us via the contact page.
“But that’s not a vagina!!!”
Yes, I know the photos are not technically of the vagina. Please read my explanation here.