NSFW: Fighting Body Fascism w/ Vagina Molds
The female body has always been an object of study in art, but if you’ve ever wanted a closer look, Jamie McCartney’s gonna give it to ya. The British artist’s newest sculpture, ‘Mondcivitano’, which means “world citizen" in Esperanto, will be a grand display of 400 vaginas from across the world. Thirty feet of molds will be exhibited at several festivals and galleries in England and Milan very soon. Kinda reminds us of that SNL skit where Anna Kendrick and her crew go on a journey to conquer every dong in the world.
The inspiration came from an interest in the field of cosmetic surgery, not just typical Botox and eyebrow lifts, but everywhere. McCartney refers to people’s fixation on unattainable beauty standards as “body fascism.” If you’ve ever scrolled through Tumblr and seen those ‘thinspo’ blogs pop up, the term feels all too real. "The vagina became this whole new place to shame women around, because there’s money to be made in shaming people," he says. "There’s a whole industry base set up to persuade women they’re defective.” #Truthbomb.
‘Mondcivitano’ isn’t his first delve into the world of vag sculptures, although the genital artist admits he “didn’t go to art school to cast people’s private parts.” His other works include ‘The Great Wall of Vaginas,’ a true rival to China’s much less titillating version, and ‘The Spice Of Life,’ a collection of casts of 18 people’s most private parts. It’s a pretty fresh take on that game of "I’ll show you mine if you show me yours."
In the words of the man himself, “It’s not vulgar, it’s vulva!” Amen.
Check out his website here.
Photos via artist’s website