There is a penis museum in Iceland but still no art space dedicated to the female anatomy in the world. This is something that propelled the vagina museums’ creator to orchestrate exactly that, a museum dedicated to vaginas.
As part of a programme called SuperCulture, the vagina museum will be part of various art and culture events hosted at Shoreditch venues The Book Club, Queen of Hoxton and Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen. Events will include a film screening of Teeth, a comedy horror that sees a high school student discover that her vagina acquires teeth when she faces violence and screening of historical biopic film Hidden Figures, followed by a discussion from a panel of women of colour in STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
Another art project dedicated to the female anatomy is ‘The Great Wall of Vagina’ that sees women volunteer to get their vaginas to be cast by artist Jamie McCartney and then displayed on a wall alongside many other vaginas. The project was initiated to break down the confusion around female genitalia by celebrating it and highlighting the diversity of vaginas. McCartney noted how “for many women their genital appearance is a source of anxiety and I was in a unique position to do something about that.”
The vagina museum is part of an initiative to highlight the arts in Shoreditch; an area that has seen artists flee due to rising living costs and gentrification and will exhibit alongside an exhibition by photographer Dean Chalkley and cultural residents Gal Dem, a creative collective that focuses on women and non-binary people of colour, and Guerilla Science who create events and exhibitions.