Chinese artist Sun Ping has had his membership revoked from the Chinese Artist’s Association (CAA) for creating, ahem, vagina calligraphy.
(Yes, his membership. Ping is a 63-year-old man and therefore does not perform in the actual calligraphy himself).
While I’m sure you have countless burning questions on the topic (is ‘burning’ the right word to use in this context?), the biggest one is probably: what the heck is vagina calligraphy?
It involves holding – clenching? inserting? – a large calligraphy brush inside the vagina, squatting over a large sheet of traditional parchment, and drawing the ancient symbols of Chinese calligraphy.
Ping films the artists at work, and then plays back the scene in a multimedia presentation. The below example is a 2006 production called “Unknown Tao”.
Got five? Watch the whole thing here, it’s mesmerising…
“Unknown Tao” – Sun Ping, 2006. (Post continues after video)
Work like this has resulted in Ping being banned from the CAA. The Association, which was founded in 1949, released a statement that Ping (known to them only as member 3685, because ~communism) has been abolished by the group. Yes, ‘abolished’.