#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 aka Gallery Girl is a writer and curator based in London. Her work has been featured in publications including Dazed, Hyperallergic and Vogue Arabia. She was curator of Perpetual Movement during AWAN Festival 2018 and in 2019 had a residency at the Lab at Darat Al Funun in Amman, Jordan. She has also worked with Armenia Art Fair for its inaugural edition and previously worked as an editor at I.B.Tauris Publishers. In 2019 she co-founded Arsheef, Yemen’s first contemporary art gallery. She has given workshops at Manara Culture in Amman, Jordan and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. As of 2020 she is currently in law school, with the ambition of greater understanding the intersection between art and the law.

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