The Pussylluminati project begins around 2013, in the wake by a pop culture phenomenon. That’s when MissMe notices the resurgence of conspiracy theories about a hand gesture - notably the triangle gesture - associated with the Illuminati. She is taken aback by the widespread fascination clandestine societies elicited, both around her and on the net: To her, the pyramidal shape created by joining both hands resembles a vulva more than anything else. A new reflection on female sexuality - mysterious, oc- culted and often misunderstood - ensues. The per- ceived enigma and apprehension are not the facts of Illuminati power, but rather of historically diabolizing sexuality and zealously concealing genitals.
The Pussylluminati concept and its graphic iteration stem from this reflection, of which the relational art project featured in this catalogue is a variant. MissMe seeks to put the pussy on a pedestal, and by doing so, restore its nobility. The artist casts a wide variety of models selected among the volunteers (through an instagram casting call), and the photo shoot becomes the setting for the exchange between her and her participants. She conceives portraits of their vulvas and pubes that are at once realistic, sober, and venerable, shot by photographer Nastia Cloutier-Ignatiev. Testimonies of the process, exchanges, and of the overall experiences written by the participants articulate the project and the resulting images in a vibrant way.
Listen to them
Ladies say why they decided to answer my call to get their vulvas photographed
Photography: Nastia Cloutier Ignatiev
Makeup: MissMe and Meghan
Photoshoot production: Stacy Delince
Interview recordings and production: Urbania