Vagina Skatepark is an ongoing collaboration with Lori Gilbert. This project exists as a series of developmental phases (including: fundraising, collaboration/consultation with skatepark design/builders as well as small, stand-alone works that investigate related avenues of inquiry. The final iteration of Vagina Skatepark will be a permanent, functional site for skateboarding. Complete with skate-able anatomical features, this massive installation will function as a social sculpture, a limitless series of performances and an architectural intervention.
What we are working on now:
- consultations with builders, architects, designers
- consultations with local and international skaters including the local, all-woman chapter of ‘Skate Like a Girl’
- creating vagina skatepark scale-models and three dimensional drawings
- related research surrounding architecture, space and the body, gender and sport, etc.
- looking at existing skateboarding sites (Who are they built by? Where are they located?)
- looking for locations to build a (permanent or dismantle-able) vagina skate-park or bowl
- finding allies in both art sites/venues, as well as in civic institutions
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Related events and exhibitions:
Grown Ups, Disjecta, Portland, Oregon, 2010.
Related Reviews and Publications:
Mundell, Mel. ‘Vagina Skatepark’ Bitch Magazine, No.49, Winter 2010. Page 23.
“What has board-sliding labia, vagina bowl and clitoral stall potential? Vagina Skatepark – a radical, skateable, vulva-shaped flow park by Portland, Oregon artists Lori Gilbert and Hannah Jickling. The artists are pictching the project to galleries and Parks and Rec alike, with a mission to encourage more girls and women to skate. Portland is at the intersection of skater-made culture and indie feminism, and it’s also a city where more than a dozen skateparks are scheduled for construction over the next five years. So it only makes sense that one of them should be boldly, explicitly female.”
-Mel Mundell, Bitch Magazine, Portland, OR, 2010.