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Giant 108-Foot Vagina Art Slammed by Brazil's Far-right for Being 'Obscene' and 'Transphobic'

108-foot Vagina art 'Diva' triggers controversy in Brazil.

108-foot Vagina art 'Diva' triggers controversy in Brazil.

The sculpture of the vagina, which is meant to provoke a debate on ‘problemisation of gender’ has now left the fans and right-wing supporters divided.

A giant 33-metre installation of a vagina in Brazil became the centre of a clash between President Jair Bolsonaro’s far-right supporters and left-wing art admirers. The 108-foot concrete handmade sculpture, entitled Diva, was unveiled by the notable artist Juliana Notari on Saturday.

The sculpture, which took 11 months to build installed to provoke a debate on ‘problemisation of gender’ has now left the fans and right-wing supporters divided. The bright red sculpture has been installed at a rural art park which was a former sugar mill in Pernambuco, considered as Brazil’s most culturally vibrant states. The artist Notari in a Facebook post stated that the vulva is supposed to ‘question the relationship between nature and culture in our phallocentric and anthropocentric western society.’

The Facebook post shared on December 31 has gone viral with more than 25,000 comments and 12,000 shares. “Nowadays these issues have become increasingly urgent,” she writes, which people believe is a dig at the increasingly intolerant climate in Bolsonaro’s Brazil.

However, the artist’s Facebook page was flooded with comments from Bolsonaro’s supporters and art critics who slammed the artwork and called it ‘obscene’ and ‘transphobic.’ The viral post caused anger among Bolsonaro’s supporters who slammed the ‘left.’

“The left is obsessing over poop or genitilia again,” commented a user on the Facebook post. Other users called the artwork ‘shit’ and wrote that it is in ‘bad taste.’

Some users took to Twitter to express their anger and feelings over the ‘hypocrisy’ of installation. A user pointed out that ‘a white woman named Juliana Notari’ took help from a ‘a bunch of Black men’ to build a vagina on a hill. The user called it ‘transphobic’ and questioned, “what is it with feminists equating on their body parts with their womanhood.” She called the artwork as ‘fucking creepy.’

Another Twitter user by name Gender studies for Men called Notari ‘Karen’ for using Black men to’ dig trenches in the heat on subsistence wages’ to ‘create a giant vagina art sculpture.’ She later slammed the incident and called it ‘such stunning lack of self-awareness.’

Kleber Mendonca Filho, a film director from Pernambuco, complimented Notari for replying to such a conservative moment in Brazilian history with a huge vagina. He took to Twitter and wrote that the reactions to her work are a mirror of society) and called it a ‘success.’

Trans cartoonist Laerte Caoutinho also spoke in support of Notari and tweeted that there’s a lot to think about in the artwork.

Many people came out in support of the installation and the artist. A user wrote that it was the ‘best public art of 2021 so far’ and another complimented that work saying that ‘it will never be understood by the patriarchs, the phalocrats and the neoliberal and facho-Christian mediocrities like Bolsonaro and his fauna.’

Several others defended the freedom of the artist.

Another supporter shared that she loved it and said that they ‘need more such works that elevate feminism.’

Bolsonaro has been known to be critical of culture, artists, especially who oppose and speak against the government. Ever since he has taken office in 2019, he has maligned them as decadent spongers who milk public funds to peddle communist propaganda.


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