Raising the Skirt mentioned in Red Magazine, July 2016 Thank you again to Stephanie Theobald for the support!
SECRET BEHAVIOUR MAGAZINE
Raising the Skirt is featured in this years Secret Behaviour Magazine. Individual issues can be purchased online at www.secretbehavior.com and wholesale orders are through DAP/Artbook ( firstname.lastname@example.org / 1- 800-338-2665 ) Secret Behaviour Magazine is such a beautiful publication and so much love and time is put into supporting international artists/photographers/organisations. Massive thanks to James Gallagher for supporting RTS this year.
Why we need to stop talking shit about our vaginas On the back of Peaches’ new video, we explore the vagina's complicated relationship with the art world Thanks to Anna Freeman 'Raising the Skirt, a female-led art project curated by artist Nicola Canavan in 2014, created a platform for women to explore, understand and revel in the uniqueness of their vulvas. Canavan said: “a woman’s cunt continues to be incorrectly named, shamed and erased.” With a strong emphasis on the need for greater education, Raising the Skirt was a way to “reclaim the cunt as a place of power.” Too often we are bombarded with images of female perfection, and there is no exception in porn and erotica. Watching pornography is more widespread and habitual than ever before, all you need now is internet access and a box of tissues handy. A common myth, which has only recently been debunked, is the idea that women do not enjoy porn; this, is a load of bullshit. The more we log on, stream and consume adult films, the greater our confusion about our bodies becomes. Tight, taut, hairless pussies at every click misinform not only women, but also men, about the realities of female physicality.'See more: http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/28852/1/why-we-need-to-stop-talking-shit-about-our-vaginas
RTS in the INDEPENDENT
'Imagine a space for women that celebrated vaginas of all shapes, colours and sizes. A place where a community of women could reflect on their bodies and celebrate the beauty of it all through a liberating, creative art form. “Raising the Skirt” by artist Nicola Canavan is exploring that in her series of portraits of everyday women, as they share the beauty of their bodies, while exploring their relationships with their vaginas and what they symbolise to them.' Leah Sinclair
'The Raising the Skirt website unsurprisingly has a large research aspect to it and Canavan is asking for contributions including photographs of vulvas and pubic hair, papers, articles, poetry and memoirs. She will be launching a funding campaign later this year and hopes to create a publication for release by the end of 2017. “My dream,” she says, “is to carry out the workshop in every country across the world.”
Despite being told by some that she is “sinning and going to hell,” Canavan believes that the overwhelmingly positive – and international – response to the project speaks for itself. “We know it is important,” she says. “I want to help women shed some of their fears so that they can face each day with full agency.”' Text Anna KcNay
'From an initial callout for workshop participants the project has taken on a life of its own and they have been bowled over by women’s passion and enthusiasm for it. There is now a website full of striking images, poetry, memoirs and ‘odes to my cunt’ plus a growing online community. The aim is to continue a dialogue on the theme of empowerment with further workshops alongside art and written contributions. “I want my Anasryma Army to grow and for us all to have peace within our bodies but fire in our hearts.”' Text by Nicci Talbot
'Nicola Canavan: “Raising the Skirt” collaborator Dawn Felicia Knox is the project’s image maker, and she does such an amazing job at representing the journeys of the women in our project. The main focus is supporting each woman in the beginning or moving forward in their journeys with their bodies, and creating a space in our community where they feel they are safe. “Raising the Skirt” creates a safe space for women to discover their inner warrior, and that freedom can be seen through the space that each woman creates within the image, and remains a cohesive theme through the project.' Text: Leah Sinclair