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Visual Artist Creates 33-Metre Vagina Sculpture in Brazil, Sparks Controversy
Notably, the handmade sculpture, entitled Diva, was unveiled by visual artist Juliana Notari on Saturday at a rural art park.
A 108-foot vagina artwork in Brazil has become the new point of debate between supporters of the far-right president Jair Bolsonaro and left-wing art fans. Notably, the handmade sculpture, entitled Diva, was unveiled by visual artist Juliana Notari on Saturday at a rural art park.
In a Facebook post, Notari said the scarlet hillside vulva was intended to “question the relationship between nature and culture in our phallocentric and anthropocentric western society” and provoke debate over the “problematisation of gender”.
“Nowadays these issues have become increasingly urgent,” the artist added, which many think is a dig at the intolerant climate in Jair Bolsonaro’s Brazil. See the post here which has gone viral and amassed more than 25,000 comments and 12,000 shares:
Em meio a tantas rochas no meio do caminho desse ano distópico, finalmente termino o ano com a obra Diva pronta!! Foi um…
Meanwhile, the artwork has been slammed by many art critics, including Jair Bolsonaro’s supporters, who have called the structure, ‘obscene’ and ‘transphobic’. Here are some reactions:
A white woman named Juliana Notari used a bunch of Black men to create a vagina on a hill.
Not only is this transphobic, but what is it with white feminists equating on their body parts with their womanhood. It's fucking creepy. pic.twitter.com/nJeUegqfI2
— Dr. Chesya Burke (@ChesyaBurkePhD) January 1, 2021
Passei a tarde pensando sobre essa obra da Juliana Notari. Uma escultura de vulva que ela descreve como um ato de resistência artística e problematização de gênero, mas que pra ser criada usou praticamente só mão de obra de homens negros
uma sátira do feminismo branco? pic.twitter.com/V0zcq6sUpf
— jess (@ladygrisa) January 1, 2021
Such stunning lack of self awareness … this Karen in Brazil got black men to dig trenches in the heat on subsistence wages to create a giant vagina art sculpture. pic.twitter.com/7eC0yRekFD
— Gender Studies for Men (@JohnDavisJDLLM) January 2, 2021
However, there were also many who praised the artwork and defended the freedom of the artist. One user wrote that it is the ‘best public art of 2021 so far’ while another wrote, ”Excellent work… obviously never will be understood by the patriarchs, the phalocrats and the neoliberal and facho-Christian mediocrities like Bolsonaro and his fauna.”
Since taking office in 2019, Bolsonaro has repeatedly criticised culture, painting artists as “decadent spongers who milk public funds to peddle communist garbage”.
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