Brazil: Sculpture of a giant vulva to discuss gender

Every artistic work conveys information or draws attention to a fact or phenomenon. The recent work of a Brazilian woman in Sao Paulo does the same. What is the purpose of the creator of this sculpture? How did the public and other authors react to this work?

Why such an initiative?

As in many nations of the world, Brazilian women experience discrimination. This situation is amplified by serious issues that are taboo in this country. Women are indeed left out, from relevant questions concerning them. These are some of the main reasons why a Brazilian woman erected a vulva, the characteristics of which will be explained in the following sentences. Since 2003, Juliana Notari, has made real efforts on the female morphology. This was done in order to trigger discussions on what is sexually imposed on South American women in general and on Brazilian women in particular and considered taboo. She shared her goals in a publication on the social network Facebook. Various perceptions of this sculpture were expressed by the Internet users. However, she received the support of one of her colleagues in the sector.

The characteristics of this work and the opinion of the public

"Diva" is the name of this magnificent sculpture, erected in the middle of a mountain in Agua Perta a Brazilian commune. Six metres is the depth of this work by Juliana Notari. Resin and concrete are the main components that ensure its coverage. It was made in San Paolo, during about forty-four weeks by twenty workers of different trades, and is painted in red. After the announcement and the reasons for this artistic achievement, several Internet users strongly criticised this work. Some of them even made hateful remarks in their comments targeting women. While some joked about it, others (women in general) praised the sculpture. For Kleber Flinho, who himself congratulated Joana Notari and insists in his writing on a digital platform that this is a relevant issue she is trying to draw attention to.

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