A Sculpture by Monica Mills
Femininity and purity are both social constructs, though the latter has a far darker influence on how our daughters, sisters, mothers and grandmothers are raised around the world. More than 200 million girls and women alive today have been cut in the name of purity, in over 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, where Female Genital Mutilation is concentrated. FGM is mostly carried out on young girls between infancy and age 15. FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women. This sculpture focuses on Type III, Infibulation, where young girls are sewn together to prove their innocence.
About Monica Mills:
Mills identifies proudly as an LGBTQ+ activist, feminist, artist, nomad, pansexual and educator. Currently based in the Czech Republic, Monica divides her time between teaching teens, curating exhibitions, creating artwork, hosting workshops and fundraising.