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Virile Vagina


Black and white photograph
15,8 x 15,8 inch

In 1982, Robert Mapplethorpe photographs the bust of the bodybuilder Lisa Lyon, with the fists arranged together in front of the pubis, to play with the apparent masculinity of the musculature of a woman. Designed in continuity of this shot, the bust still demonstrates an effective muscular contraction with fists uncovering the pubis. But, there is a new hiding alike a Vito Acconci's Conversion, where the virilised body tries to maintain a femininity by the metamorphic withdrawal of his penis between his thighs.

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