To break Taboos about menstruation, like when it shows blue in advertising, and make visible a natural process in a woman's life. These are two of the objectives pursued by the exhibition Get off your panties, promoted by 11 students-ten girls and a boy-of the Higher Education Program of Gender Equality of the Ribalta Institute in Castellón. The project opens from Thursday and until next Monday its doors in the cultural center La Bohemia of the capital of Castellón. With the, menstrual activism takes the floor. It lands not without criticism among those who do not fit the message. Its promoters insist: "Our idea is not to convince anyone, simply to share vital stories and experiences with those people who want to participate". The initiative is also presented this February 14 to put the counterpoint "to the cheesy of Valentine," says the poster of the exhibition.
The exhibition is the culmination of the work carried out during the entire course of Information and Communication with a gender perspective of the aforementioned training cycle. "We work for projects that are born from the motivation of the students," explains Celia Viñado, professor coordinator of the didactic project. And that is how gestates Get off your panties. A title "provocateur" with which it was sought at the same time "involve the public".
The exhibition is based on this social interaction. One of the works of the project consists of hanging on a drying rack the stained panties of rule that the students of the institute has deposited in a box. An action that, explains Viñado, has been preceded by the corresponding informative process to the student of the training cycles that are taught in the afternoon, "because we are talking about a sensitive issue and we did not want to give way to misunderstandings".
It also gathers photographs that people have shared on social networks. There is sculpture, collage, performances and an audiovisual part. The works are a compendium of vital experiences. Of women in menopause. Of girls with menarche. They speak. "There is a lot of work on our life stories and the health of women in general …" she says.
Visibilize To project. Share. Break the obscurantism linked to the menstrual process and the woman's own body. Address it from all sides. And call for reflection. "It's something that is always hidden. In advertising, for example, the rule is shown with a blue liquid. What is wrong with our blood when it is the origin of life? What blood bothers to see? "Said Viñedo, moderator of this action of menstrual activism. A movement that describes as all communicative intervention "in which any phase of the process of menstruation understood as the guiding thread of women's health, which helps to reinforce self-image, is promoted or made visible".
From the cultural center La Bohemia, base of operations of the exhibition, praise the initiative. "We found it very interesting. We knew that Castellón was going to raise blisters and we would get many criticisms, as it has been, but it is a necessary exhibition, "says the creator and head of the center, Manu Vives. It recognizes that since this room was inaugurated three years ago, so many criticisms had not been received, but we defend freedom of expression. I do not censor an exhibition on menstrual activism as I do not censor another of any other topic or a presentation of the book about Carlos Fabra. "
Comments on Get off your panties They have set fire to social networks. Many exceeding criticism and jumping to direct insult. Tildando of "crazy" and "pigs" to their promoters or indicating that the project gives them "disgust". It has also achieved the opposite effect; arouse curiosity and invite reflection. The pass prior to the official inauguration on Thursday collapsed the facilities. "Art must be transgression. It is demonstrated that it was necessary to raise the debate, because the exhibition has not gone unnoticed, "adds Vives. "We complain that young people do not bet on culture and that art is not capable of capturing this type of public … If when we let young people express themselves freely we will crush them, they will not come to the halls," he concludes.