Saturday 5 April â€“ Sunday 13 April, 2014
Sat 5 April, 6-9pm
Think Tank Gallery
939 Maple Ave, Suite #200
101 Vagina successfully launched in the USA at the Exhibition and Book Launch in Los Angeles at Think Tank Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles.
I can’t believe that it’s only been two and a half weeks since I got on the plane in Sydney on my way to Los Angeles, and now the first of my six city tour of USA and Canada is already done.
Thanks so much to the amazing crew at Think Tank Gallery, in particular Jacob Patterson. I was honoured to be at their space and felt very supported.
So, what’s happened since I got here?
Think Tank Gallery is a fantastic, huge space. I had a week to get over my jet lag and do some promo work getting flyers around the place and hanging a big banner out the front.
I was also super happy to have room for other artists to show their vagina art. Thanks to Mia Maldonado, Christiana, Morgan Miller and Ginger Liu!
This is the first time I’ve been able to hang all 101 images and messages in a single row, normally I need to double up.
People also jumped onto the vagina craft table with enthusiasm!
And as usual there we some great messages in the guest book.
And then it was all over.
San Francisco here I come !!!
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 itâ€™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.
101 Vagina – USA – April 2014.
Saturday 5 April – Sunday 13 April, 2014
Think Tank Gallery, LA
(Edit: Please see the updated page listing all dates and venues here:
This will include a one day Festival of the Vagina, pulling together local artists, performers, educators, etc. under the umbrella of celebrating the vagina and removing the taboos.
Know someone who might light to participate? Pass it on :)
So far I have only got one city lined up (Los Angeles) but I am still looking for venues in San Francisco, New York etc. Know some venues or have an idea of which city you’d like to see 101 Vagina exhibited in? Let me know.
I am also looking at the possibility of touring Europe after the USA, but that’s a distant dream at the moment? Want to help me make that one real? Again, first thing I need is venues for the exhibition.
I’m really happy to be landing at Think Tank Gallery, they do some cool stuffs!
It’s early days, busy preparing all the publicity materials etc. so keep a look out for updates. I’ll be doing my best to get the attention of everyone who’ll listen. Ellen DeGeneres, are you listening???
So, in the mean time…
SHARE SHARE SHARE !!!
After over two years in the making 101 Vagina is finally giving birth :)
101 Vagina â€“ Book Launch and Exhibition
Date: Friday 22 March 2013
Venue: 1000 Pound Bend â€“ 361 Lt Lonsdale St Melbourne
Times:Â Book launch event: 6m â€“ 10pmÂ |Â Exhibition: 10am â€“ 10pm
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 whatâ€™s normal and where beauty lies.
The book comprises 101 beautiful black and white photos, accompanied by a message from or about each womanâ€™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 womenâ€™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 itâ€™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 :
: Womenâ€™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 itâ€™s history:
The Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital 1946 â€“ 1987
The second era saw pioneering work in the field of womenâ€™s and childrenâ€™s health, building on the great strides in womenâ€™s health care that had already made since the â€˜Queen Vicâ€™ was founded in 1896 â€˜for women, by womenâ€™. During this era Dame Kate Campbellâ€™sÂ insights put the hospital at the forefront of work in the care of premature babies. Other notable firsts included the appointment of interpretersâ€™ enabling hospital staff to be trained in up to 20 languages, the creation of Australiaâ€™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.
â€œIt should be the obstetricianâ€™s duty to â€˜seek to determine not what the woman can endure, but what she can accomplish.â€
â€“ Dr Lorna Lloyd-Green, â€˜Queen Vicâ€™ obstetrician
Before I even knew of this history I could see the media release headline in my minds eye:
â€œCommonwealth Bank rejects vagina exhibition.â€
Well, it may still happen, keep your eye on the news ;)