"The Vulva Gallery": So vielfältig ist unser Intimbereich

FREITAG, 30.11.2018

Seit einiger Zeit stellt das Schlagwort Body Diversity unsere Vorstellungen von Schönheit infrage. Aber gilt da auch für die Vulva? Auf jeden Fall findet Künstlerin Hilde Atalanta und bringt die Vielfalt der weiblichen Geschlechtsteile in "The Vulva Gallery" zu Papier. Wie das aussieht? Ganz normal, eben.

Zartrosa, frisch rasiert und kompakt wie ein Pfirsich: so sieht der weibliche Schambereich in Pornos und Sexmagazinen aus. Mit der Realität vieler Frauen hat das wenig gemein und sorgt daher für Selbstzweifel und einen Boom der Intimchirurgie.

Jede Vulva ist einzigartig – und wunderschön

Um diesem bedenklichen Trend entgegenzuwirken, hat Hilde Atalanta 2016 den Instagram-Account und die Website "The Vulva Gallery" gegründet. Dort zeigt die Amsterdamer Illustratorin, wie unterschiedlich und dennoch wunderschön der weibliche Intimbereich aussieht, indem sie ihn in zarten Wasserfarben malt. Die so entstandenen Bilder sind bunt, herrlich erfrischend und kommen mit einem hohen Wiedererkennungsfaktor daher.

Die gezeigten Vulven stammen hauptsächlich von Frauen, die sich von selbst bei ihr melden. Zusätzlich zum Post gibt es dann meist noch ein Statement der Modelle, die ihre ganz persönlichen (Vagina-)Storys erzählen. Auf dem Instagram-Account tummeln sich inzwischen begeisterte Reaktionen der Online-Community: "Total schön! Ich liebe es die Geschichten von all den Frauen zu lesen, die deine Yoni-Kunst begleiten. Wunderschön!", meint ein User.

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This is a vulva portrait of a lovely person, together with the words she wanted to share with you: “So this is my vulva. We have a love/hate relationship. I think I like the size of my labia but I really hate the color of it. It's darker than the rest me. For my girlfriend I'm overreacting, for me it's way too dark. Also sometimes it makes me sad to see that I have like "texture", isn't smooth as I wish it was. I've Googled if there's some procedure to bleach that part of me, then I feel bad because I know I shouldn't be complaining about this stuff. The color of my vulva really doesn't matter, it doesn't matter if it doesn't look like most of the porn stars. It matters that it is mine, that most of the time I really enjoy having it, that I like how it feels to let my hair grow - because when I'm falling asleep I play with those little or long hairs.  I found this gallery and it made me realise that if I support and enjoy diversity, I should appreciate myself too: the diversity of colours I have. Also I found out that I can see my clit more than I thought, haha! Which made me realize I need to spend more time with myself.” . . Thank you for being part of the gallery ♥️ Read more stories at: thevulvagallery.com/stories ✨ . . . #thevulvagallery #commissionedportrait #vulvaportrait #watercolorillustration #humananatomy #labia #respecteachother #embracediversity #shareyourstory #personalgrowth #empowerment #empathy #love #loveyourself #loveyourvulva #hildeatalanta

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This is us: Feiere dein Anderssein

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Support the Kickstarter campaign (link in bio) and help me realize this book! It’s amazing we’re almost at 50% - but still need the other 50% before the book can be published. Pitch in, share, and support the campaign . . . For this video, individuals from 19 different countries from all around the world participated and sent in voice recordings. I made the animation myself & wrote the music . . The Vulva Gallery Book will embody everything The Vulva Gallery has touched upon in the past two years - and more. It will be a new step in sexual health education, making it easier to open up conversation about vulva-related topics. The book will contain over 500 vulva illustrations, a chapter about anatomy, a chapter answering all kinds of vulva- and vagina-related questions, myths will be debunked and the book will contain all kinds of wonders of the vulva & vagina. It’s a gender inclusive and positive book, in which many different personal stories will be shared alongside vulva portraits. The book will open up conversation about a topic that is still surrounded with taboo and shame - and take a step in de-stigmatising this part of the human body. Only with your help this book can be made: support the Kickstarter (link in bio ) and help me realise this book ✨ . . #thevulvagallery #thevulvagallerybook #kickstarter #crowdfunding #kickstartercampaign #sexualhealtheducation #vulva #vulvadiversity #bodydiversity #bodypositivity #labia #pubichair #humananatomy #genderinclusivity #letstalkaboutit #supporteachother #positivity #hildeatalanta

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Mit ihrem Projekt will Hilde Atalanta das gängige Bild der Scheide verbessern. Daher hat sie auch schon einen weiteren Schritt auf diesem Weg in Angriff genommen: Geplant ist ein Buch, das nicht nur ihre Illustrationen zeigt, sondern auch auf respektvolle Weise über die Vulva aufklärt und mit Mythen aufräumt.

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Hi everyone! I’d like to introduce myself to all of you who don’t know me yet - especially after all the Kickstarter campaign buzz of the past few weeks :) This is me! My name is Hilde Atalanta, and I'm an illustrator living and working in Amsterdam. My work revolves around the themes of diversity, body positivity and inclusivity. Before I started working as an illustrator two and a half years ago, I studied classical music (piano) at the Conservatory of Rotterdam, and after I graduated in 2011 I studied clinical psychology at the University of Amsterdam - and I got my Bachelor’s degree in 2016. During my studies I followed a sexual health education course, and was very interested in pursuing a career in that direction. After I graduated I took half a year off to orientate myself on a master's degree, and in this period I started illustrating (something I loved doing when I was a kid). From the start, the topics I touched upon in my illustrations tended towards diversity, inclusivity and sexual health. Soon after starting The Vulva Gallery I realised that through social media platforms like Instagram I had the opportunity to reach a bigger community with my message than I would by solely working as a therapist. I've been working as a full-time illustrator for a year and a half now, and with projects such as The Vulva Gallery and @yourewelcomeclub I hope to continue spreading the positive message of celebrating diversity and appreciating the beauty in our differences. The future is inclusive! . Would you like to know more about me? Today you can ask me questions in my story! :) . . by @lafab.photography and @transketeers #meetthemaker #thevulvagallery #kickstarter #kickstartercampaign #thevulvagallerybook #sexualhealtheducation #celebratediversity #bodydiversity #inclusivity #illustration #illustratorsoninstagram #positivity #hildeatalanta

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Über die Crowdfunding-Plattform "Kickstarter" sammelte die Künstlerin das nötige Geld und erreichte den Wunschbetrag innerhalb von nur elf Tagen. Ab April wird das Werk erhältlich sein, Vorbestellungen sind bereits möglich.

 

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