Divine “Nipslips”

An online exhibition of the “nipple slip” iconography within classical Western art. The gallery presents alternative interpretations of a gender specific iconography, which in the last hundred years has become a symbol of eroticism and obscenity; this conceptualization of “obscenity” has been historically linked to dominating Western powers– namely white males– from which the works in this exhibition emerged.

“…it became poignantly clear to me that the human being is an animal who wants to see something all the more when it’s forbidden.”  
Filmmaker Nagisa Oshima discussing the effect of censorship in Japan following the Meiji Restoration, a period of modernization brought on partly by pressure from colonizing Western forces. “On Trial for Obscenity” pg. 251


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