Taboos

Vagina calligraphy earns Chinese artist a ban from government association for “vulgarity”

A man inspects caligraphy brushes for sale at a flea market in Beijing. (PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

The China Artists Association has banned 63-year-old calligrapher Sun Ping after he organized a performance piece featuring women painting with brushes held in their vaginas. The government-led body revoked Ping’s membership in response to his “vulgar, sexual calligraphy,” that also includes the use of pubic hair for his brush pens, claiming it “trampled over civilization.”

In defending the work, Ping said he hoped to demonstrate the connection between art, the body and creativity and defy China’s “sexual taboos.”

“My art may seem ugly on the outside because we’re clouded by principles and conventions, but there is also elegance, beauty and inner value,” he told the Shanghai website Sixth Tone. “A vagina is too often labeled as vulgar, but it is where we all come from.”

Read the full story at The Independent.

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