The animation Global Vulva connects female figures and vulva symbols from different times, countries and cultures, while they morph into each other – the cultural meaning of the female genital becomes visible again. You‘ll see paleolithic engravings, the Greek goddess Baubo, a winged woman from an ice-age culture in Siberia, an Irish Sheila-na-gig, drawings of vulvas and of their symbols, the Indian goddess Kali and a Yoni stone, the Tibetan goddess Dorje Naljorma, a statue of a nob-le ancestor of the lwena in Angola, the Aztec goddess Mayahuel, the Black Stone at the Kaaba in Mecca, a double-tailed mermaid from a church in Tuscany, the protecting Dilukai from Micronesia, hands forming the mudra ‚Lotus and Bee‘ in a labyrinth, an amulet of the Egyptian goddess Hathor, a winged sun disk, and the oldest human figure ever found, the so called Venus of Hohle Fels. Otherwise separated visualisations are interweaved, resulting in a more complex and global view on their symbolic levels.
This animation was inspired by the book VULVA – die Enthüllung des unsichtbaren Geschlechts by Mithu M. Sanyal, 2009.
Festivals and Awards
- 2014 Virtual VaginaMuseum @ QDK Quarter for Digital Culture, Vienna, AT
- 2012 DIE GROSSE Kunstausstellung NRW @ Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf, DE
- 2010 FILE Electronic Language Intl. Festival, Sao Paulo, BR
- 2010 Kinofilm, Manchester, UK
- 2010 Les Instants Vidéo, Aix en Provence, FR
- 2010 Video Art Festival Miden, Kalamata, GR
- 2010 Finalist @ Screengrab New Media Art Award, James Cook University’s School of Creative Arts, Townsville, AU
- Work description, PDF (832 Kb)
- Global Vulva in the Cologne Magazin, PDF. (German)
- Global Vulva – Eine Burleske, Edition: Bookadii + DVD.
Videokunst.ch presents: Myriam Thyes – Global Vulva
Solo ExhibitionPROGR+BienzgutBernSwitzerland01.08.2014 – 28.09.2014