101 Vagina is about breaking down the taboo around vaginas and body image shame generally. It confronts the lies we are told about what’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 women’s experiences with their bodies and womanhood in general, with a focus on the vagina.
101 Vagina is light and profound, cheeky and deep.
This exhibition is the feature installation of the Festival of The Vagina, a one day festival bringing together diverse artists, educators, musicians, performers, etc, unified in the message that vaginas are not obscene, but to be celebrated!
QUOTES AND FEEDBACK:
“If you are walking around on planet Earth it is because of the Vagina.” - Toni Childs
“As a licensed psychotherapist I see the impact of body issues on women every day. Best of luck for the book!” - Jennifer Burton
“Such a book will bring awareness, self confidence – and probably a giggle :) to women – and men alike.“ - Shreya
“Everybody needs to see more vagina while they sip their coffee!” - Angela White
“Great event. Lovely, beautiful, funny, inspiring. Thank you especially to all the wonderful women who shared their stories.” - Lisa Farrance
“Such an incredible event! all the different things going on, seeing people absorbing the images and messages, watching books going off to their new coffee table homes… such an important and beautiful celebration of vaginas, sexuality, life and people doing great things! congratulations on your creative birth Philip! :)” – Jane Honeyrider
“Ever had a dream to do something that others might think is odd? Last night hundreds of people came down to the book launch of 101-vagina, inspiring hundreds of women to just love and accept themselves… all because of a simple artistic dream and whim of an inspired photographer who instead of being told that because of gender or social judgement he shouldn’t do this… he stepped up and did it anyway and proved in the turn out how much the world needs this right now. If you have a dream, a crazy urge…and artistic whim and it speaks to you… dont put it on the side just because it might be a bit of work… the world needs your inspiration… people expand because you create and shine… so who ever you are… i plee… pick up your project and make it your passion… even for just a little while.. see how much that reverberates around you. x (thank you Philip Werner for your inspiration, drive and commitment to your heart and passion…)” - Fleassy Malay
“Amazing. Even finding the place, negotiating the alley ways, sensing and feeling the rounded cobble stones only to be greeted at a smiling doorway that opened to an incredible chamber of intimate intrigue and explosive energy. The vibe was warm and supportive. What a great place to be. Beautiful stories.” – Jacqui Dreessens
“Wonderful event, wonderful vibes, wonderful people, thankyou Philip and everyone else involved. wandering the city after the event with that beautiful white book cradled in my arms, i was looking at people around me, wondering if they knew the significance/meaning of this book, wanting to show people i walked past and say look at this ! isnt it awesome?” – Bek Kelly
“It was amazing to be involved! Bring on 101 Penis, I’ve found volunteers already” – Matt Glass
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