The complaints to council and police about the 101 Vagina Exhibition in Redfern, Sydney got on the front page of MX Newspaper on Friday 28th June 2013.
The people who complained had no idea how much they would be helping with publicity :)
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The gallery complied with police requests to cover first the windows and then the garage door. Many people expressed outrage that events in our society can be so skewed by complaints from a small minority.
Media Release: 27 June 2013
Complaints to City of Sydney council about 101 Vagina Book
Complaints have been made to City of Sydney council about the 101 Vagina Exhibition on now at 107 Projects gallery at 107 Redfern st, Redfern.
One complaint focused on the posters around town advertising the exhibition. Though the posters contain no nudity they prominently feature the word vagina, which some people still seem to find offensive. The other complaint was that there were vagina photos displayed in the gallery windows, which there are not, though the photos are visible through the gallery windows when looking closely.
The police came to the 107 Projects gallery Thursday morning to follow up on the complaint, but they left when they realised that no photos were displayed in the windows and that they were clearly not pornographic.
However, they also said that something may need to be done if more complaints were received. It was not specified what that might entail.
The 101 Vagina Exhibition is on every day 12-5pm until this Sunday. On Saturday the Festival of the Vagina will bring together diverse artists, performers, educators and musicians in a celebration of the vagina with the aim of removing the taboo and shame that many people obviously still feel.
Besides the performers and speakers the day will also feature a Vagina Crafternoon, Large Vagina Photo Booth, Muff Muffin Decorating, Vaginal Mary Confessional, and Yoni Temple. Any artists are invited to bring their own vagina art to the gallery for exhibition.
Creator of the 101 Vagina coffee-table book and exhibition says: “Complaints like this show that we still have a long way to go in the removing of this taboo and in feeling comfortable with our bodies and our sexuality. We were all conceived and born through the vagina, vaginas are sacred, not obscene!”
The exhibition is also planned to be part of the Sydney Fringe and Melbourne Fringe festivals in September 2013.
101 Vagina Exhibition
27-30 June, 12-5pm
Festival of the Vagina
Saturday 29 June, 12-5pm
107 Projects - 107 Redfern St. Redfern