Press release: 25 February 2014
101 Vagina book launch and exhibition tour.
After two years in the making, the 101 Vagina book is being launched in the USA and Canada with a series of exhibitions across the two countries from April to June 2014.
101Vagina is about breaking down the taboo around the vagina and body image shame generally. It’s also about the sharing of story and celebration of our diversity.
The book comprises 101 black and white photos of women’s vaginas, in front on standing pose, accompanied by a message written by each woman about her vagina. The messages span the spectrum of emotions and form a small compendium of women’s experiences with their vaginas and womanhood in general.
The book is self-published via Taboo Books by German/Australian photographer Philip Werner. It was first launched in Melbourne in 2013 after a successful crowdfunding campaign and Werner is now taking the book to the world via America.
Werner was first inspired by reading Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues in 2007, and wanted to do something to counteract the unrealistic standards held up by various media which lead many women to feel that they are not normal or attractive.
101 Vagina is relevant to current issues around labiaplasty. There has been a startling increase in genital cosmetic surgery being sought by women, and even teenage girls. The book has been widely praised for it’s honest, diverse images and messages.
Once printed, $5 from every book sold will go to women’s charities.
Traversing the continent, the tour will start in Los Angeles (5-13 April) before visiting San Francisco (19-27 April), Montreal (17-25 May), New York (3-8 June) and finishing in Toronto (14-22 June). Exhibitions in the UK may follow.
The book launch exhibitions will also feature a Festival of the Vagina, bringing local artists performers and educators together in vaginal celebration.
101 Penis and 101 Breasts are also in the making.
I have launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to help me meet the huge initial outlay required to get the 101 Vagina book printed in North America.
People can pre-order the book through the crowdfunding platform at and benefit by getting a discount off the retail price. There are also still a handful of 101 Vagina Calendars for 2014 left.
Once underway, book sales will hopefully carry the cost of the tour. At this stage it looks like I’ll need to sell 1000 books just to break even. No mean feat without a publishing company behind me and in a continent where hardly anyone knows me or the 101 Vagina project.
Check the campaign page here and share it with your friends, especially those in the USA and Canada.
I finally got around to editing interviews of visitors to the 101 Vagina Book Exhibition in Melbourne.
Various people’s responses to the book and exhibition express a range of emotions that often took the viewers by surprise.
This exhibition was part of the 2013 Melbourne Fringe arts festival in September/October 2013.
Media Release: 5 Dec 2013
101 Vagina calendar ready for Xmas; 101 Penis project progressing.
Following the successful exhibition of the 101 Vagina book at Sydney Fringe and Melbourne Fringe festivals, photographer Philip Werner is now busy with the follow-up project, 101 Penis, as well as planing the US launch of 101 Vagina.
The photographic work for the 101 Penis project is now well under way with 29 out of 101 participants already photographed, and Werner is seeking more participants.
101 Vagina and 101 Penis are about breaking down the taboo around our genitalia and body image shame generally. They confront the lies we are told about what’s normal, and celebrate our diversity and humanity.
The already completed 101 Vagina book comprises black and white photos of 101 women’s vaginas, each accompanied by a message or story written by each woman about her vagina. The messages are candid and span the spectrum of emotions. Together they form a small compendium of women’s experiences around their vaginas and womanhood generally.
101 Vagina is particularly relevant today given the startling rise in women and teenagers seeking labiaplasty (cosmetic surgery on the vagina) in Australia, while we lament genital mutilation in other countries at the same time.
Already published locally (via Taboo Books), 101 Vagina is launching in the USA in April 2014.
Anyone interested in participating in 101 Penis or 101 Breasts can get in touch with Philip via any of the project websites.
Looking for that perfect Christmas gift? Buy the 101 Vagina calendar or book for your friends online at the 101 Vagina website.
Here is the live radio interview on Joy FM 94.9 Hide and Seek program with Andrew the Apprentice and Avi Miller, Thursday 31 October 2013.
You can also listen to the audio file through the player below.
They called to ask me onto the show in response to an article I wrote in the Good Men Project titled “Getting over shame through nude photography“.
101 Vagina – USA – April 2014.
Saturday 5 April – Sunday 13 April, 2014
Think Tank Gallery, LA
(Edit: Please see the updated page listing all dates and venues here:
This will include a one day Festival of the Vagina, pulling together local artists, performers, educators, etc. under the umbrella of celebrating the vagina and removing the taboos.
Know someone who might light to participate? Pass it on :)
So far I have only got one city lined up (Los Angeles) but I am still looking for venues in San Francisco, New York etc. Know some venues or have an idea of which city you’d like to see 101 Vagina exhibited in? Let me know.
I am also looking at the possibility of touring Europe after the USA, but that’s a distant dream at the moment? Want to help me make that one real? Again, first thing I need is venues for the exhibition.
I’m really happy to be landing at Think Tank Gallery, they do some cool stuffs!
It’s early days, busy preparing all the publicity materials etc. so keep a look out for updates. I’ll be doing my best to get the attention of everyone who’ll listen. Ellen DeGeneres, are you listening???
So, in the mean time…
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I was very excited to be live on TV for the first time on Channel 31!
Friday 27 September 2013
The Comic Box were doing a series of interviews of artists that were participating in the Melbourne Fringe arts festival. Normally they have a focus on theatre and performance art, but for the fringe they branch out and interview a broad range of art.
The other interviews are edited out, but the show intro and credits remain. It’s a bit kooky, but I think I got the main messages out there well enough :)
Thanks to the crew who put it together, all voluntarily !