You Can Visit a ‘Walk-In Vagina’

‘Empowering’ art installation in South African women’s jail.

Always wondered what it looked like as you were born? Now you can relive your actual birth day at an art exhibit in a Johannesburg apartheid-era women’s prison. The “walk-in vagina” is made of almost 40 feet of red velvet and cotton, with black wool mimicking pubic hair around the opening. Shrill screams and cackling laughter echo within the space. Artist Reshma Chhiba says it represents an “empowering” statement for women: “It’s a screaming vagina within a space that once contained women and stifled women. It’s revolting against this space ... mocking this space, by laughing at it.” Needless to say, some people aren’t so open-minded about it.

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