#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 and curator. She is the founder of Gallery Girl - a London-based curatorial platform and website dedicated to modern and contemporary art from across the globe. Her work is primarily focused on supporting emerging female artists from the Middle East and the Caucasus. She has written for Canvas Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Ibraaz, Jdeed Magazine, Suitcase and Vice Arabia among other publications. Her exhibitions in London and Armenia have been featured in Vogue Arabia, The Art Newspaper, The Art Gorgeous and numerous other news outlets. Gallery Girl has also spoken in the UK, UAE and Belgium about the contemporary art scene in the MENA region, and is planning further events in London and Amman.

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