period [pleasure]

pain pussy2018

Exploring the over simplification of female sexuality and sexual trauma. I wanted to use basic shapes and primary colours in pastels to represent on how conversations around female sexuality, trauma and menstrual cycles, are often met with uncomfort and as a result over simplification or a brisk change of subject. 

 

Taking into consideration the cultural context in Tanzania, these are things that both men and women never delve deeply into as it is still seen as taboo. By showing them at their simplest, I leave the story and the context to be filled in by the viewer and how comfortable we have become seeing pleasure displayed right next to pain. Vagina is not a word that has been normalised, neither has open and honest inter-generational dialogue surrounding unhealthy sex practices that subject women to carry guilt and shame around sexual assault while subconsciously conditioning beliefs that their sexual pleasure and well-being is not as important as a mans.