#bigswingingovaries @ Whitcomb Street


Last night, on my way to dinner at eat Tokyo I walked past a building which had #bigswiningovaries written across the windows. My initial thoughts were ‘what an unusual name for a fertility clinic’, and immediately went to eat my meal. After finishing my veggie curry, I walked past again and saw a tapestry of Beyonce on the walls through the doorway and stepped inside to see what was going on: a celebration of women!

Inside the pop-up gallery are a series of beautifully tapestried portraits of inspiring women throughout history – think Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party, but a stripped down version of it. It was clear from the off-set that the show had a political agenda celebrating feminism, with it having opened on International Women’s Day.

The women have been crafted from upcycled clothing by Jess de Wahls illustrating that beauty can come from unwanted items. Among the females on display are Frida Kahlo, Vivienne Westwood and Marlene Dietrich. Furthermore, de Wahls hopes to use the profits from her textured portraits to raise money for #techmums, an organisation which strives to empower women through technology. The artist has also included a large drawing of the ovaries, with labels to those who helped her achieve the exhibition.

Unfortunately the show closes on Tuesday and had I known about it sooner I definitely would have popped in earlier, however to everyone who has no plans over the next few days, I implore you to go check it out!

#bigswingingovaries is on display at 13 Whitcomb Street, London

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier is a London-based writer with a special interest in contemporary Middle Eastern Art. She has a BA in Art History and an MA in Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She runs the Gallery Girl blog and has written for After Nyne, Arteviste, Canvas Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Ibraaz, Jdeed Magazine, ReOrient and Suitcase Magazine. Lizzy is also curator of Arab Women Artists Now - AWAN 2018 (London).

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