PRISON CONVERTED INTO GIANT VAGINA

Prison Converted Into Giant Vagina
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PRISON CONVERTED INTO GIANT VAGINA



Written by Aisha Nozari
24 Tuesday 24th September 2013

The artwork, by 30-year-old artist Reshma Chhiba, is a ‘reaction against the former symbol of oppression.’

Chibba said: ‘It's a screaming vagina within a space that once contained women and stifled women. It's revolting against this space... mocking this space, by laughing at it. You don't often hear men talking about their private parts and feeling disgust or shamed. And that alone speaks volumes of how we've been brought up to think about our bodies, and what I am saying here is that it's supposed to be an empowering space.’

The prison, in the central Johannesburg area of Braamfontein, dates back to 1892, and its Womens' Prison held Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in 1958, when she was imprisoned for protesting against apartheid segregation, and again in 1976.

Head below for a video of the installation. Look out for the sperm-miming guy pretending to be all feminism.

 

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