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«Global Vulva»
2009, Myriam Thyes
Duration: 6:20
Exhibition: 22. August — 30. August 2014
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 Naljorma Dewa, a statue of a noble 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. Thyes’s work revolves steadily around social and cultural symbols, their meanings and their transformations. With the pictorial work on symbols she would like to enhance our imagination, open new perspectives and encourage interaction.