Vulva 3.0 – Zwischen Tabu und Tuning
Vulva 3.0 – Between Taboo and Fine-Tuning
Claudia Richarz, Ulrike Zimmermann
»›Showing the vulva scares off bears and lions, makes wheat grow higher, calms storm tides and demons fear it. The devil runs away. Showing the vulva can save the world. The vulva is omnipotent.‹ is powerful image of the female genitals is not anchored in our imagination.«
– Claudia Richarz, Ulrike Zimmermann
While nudity seems no longer taboo, the presentation of the female genitals continues to irritate and various bans have been imposed on it. Decades of retouching in the media, anti-pornography campaigns and aniconistic bans have led to a public image of the vulva that is far from reality. A concept of ideal beauty that is invisibility prevails.
Vulva 3.0 is all about the representation and modelling of the female genitals, anatomical errors as well as the beauty and uniqueness of the female pleasure organ. Thanks to their comprehensive and objective research into the history of this part of the female anatomy in the 21st century, the directors illuminate all aspects of the topic – from sex education to censorship and from retouching »shapeless« labia in pornographic images to the work of activists against genital mutilation, thus celebrating in that process the diversity of female bodies.
Claudia Richarz studied Visual Communication at Hamburg University of Fine Arts (HFBK). In 1979 she co-founded »Bildwechsel«, a Hamburg-based umbrella organisation for women involved in media, culture and the arts. In 2000 she won a Grimme TV award for her ten-part documentary series Abnehmen in Essen. Her short film Schau mich an won the top award in the XXShorts section of Cologne’s Short Film Festival. Richarz lives in Eckernförde.
Films by Claudia Richarz (Selection)
Schau mich an 2017 | Vulva 3.0 (with Ulrike Zimmermann) 2013 | Das Nummerngirl 1989 | Der Zug aus Leipzig (with Astrid Proll) 1988
Ulrike Zimmermann was born 1960 in Hamburg. She took her degree in lm at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg in 1988. She founded MMM Film Production in 1989 and has since worked as a production manager, line producer and independent producer.
Films by Ulrike Zimmermann (Selection)
Venus 220 Volt-Lust im Haushalt 1991 | Die erregte Frau in der Diskothek 1989 | Touristinnen – Über und unter Wasser 1986 | Free Fucking 1985