Global Vulva

Myriam Thyes
© Stills from animation ; Myriam Thyes

Myriam Thyes

Global Vulva , ongoing
Co-workers & Funding
Sound: Kristina Kanders, Köln, Germany,
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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 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.
Otherwise separated visualisations are interweaved, resulting in a more complex and global view on their symbolic levels.
  • aesthetics
    • animated
    • documenting
    • ephemeral
    • found objects
    • time-based
  • subjects
    • Art and Science
      • archaeology
    • Arts and Visual Culture
      • animations
      • art history
      • symbolism
    • Body and Psychology
      • bodies (animal components)
    • History and Memory
      • artifacts
      • cultural heritage
Technology & Material
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Flash
Exhibitions & Events