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.
101 Vagina is relevant to current issues around labiaplasty. There has been a startling increase in genital cosmetic surgery being sought by women, and even teenage girls. The book has been widely praised for it’s honest, diverse images and messages.
The exhibition and book tour and special events start April 5 – April 13.
Saturday, 5 April 2014 – The official Book Launch of 101 Vagina in Los Angeles and Opening Night of the 101 Vagina Exhibition. The book’s creator and artist Philip Werner will speak about his experience pulling the project together and some prominent sex educators have been invited to speak about the vagina taboo.
Wednesday, 9 April 2014 – Philip Werner will talk about his experience raising over $20,000 via crowdfunding to get the 101 Vagina book printed. Open to all.
Thursday, 10 April 2014 – LA Art Walk happens on the second Thursday of the month and we’ll be trying to get as many art walkers to 101 Vagina as we can. Open to all.
Saturday, 12 April 2014 – Philip Werner will be available to sign the 101 Vagina book and answer any questions you may have. Anyone interested in participating in the 101 Penis or 101 Breasts projects can come and be photographed for inclusion in those projects. Model release form will have to be signed and you need to email in your message for inclusion with your photo.
Sunday, 13 April 2014 – University academics and art students are invited to come and discuss vaginas in art throughout history and in contemporary times. Come and listen or join the discussion. Open to all. Women’s groups have been invited in to discuss body image generally, with a focus on the vagina and labiaplasty in general. Come and listen or join the discussion. Open to all.
Think Tank Gallery
Sat 5th to Sun 13th April, 2014. Open daily 12-8pm.
939 Maple Ave, Suite #200
Los Angeles, CA 90015
The exhibition will also 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.
Ginger Liu – Ginger Media & Entertainment