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Ancient Peruvian menstrual art
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Marie Claire magazine (Italian edition) featured several of the above artists in an article about this museum and menstruation in 2003. The newspaper Corriere della Sera (Io Donna magazine) (Milan, Italy) and the magazine Dishy (Turkey) showed some of the artists in 2005 in articles about this museum.
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Leer la versión en español de los siguientes temas: Anticoncepción y religión, Breve reseña - Olor - Religión y menstruación - Seguridad de productos para la menstruación.

The Art of Menstruation at the Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health

Applique and embroidery
110 x 156 cm (43.3" x 61.4")
Art copyright 1995 Mayra Alpízar

The Cuban artist writes (the English follows the Spanish),

Hola, mi nombre es Mayra Alpízar, soy artista textil, cubana y trabajo el tema de género desde hace muchos años. He descubierto el sitio de vuestro Museo muy recientemente y me parece fantástica, extraordinaria y bellísima la existencia de un lugar como ese. Escribo muy poco y mal en inglés, por eso lo hago en español y ruego me disculpen.

             Las obras que les adjunto son:

             Título: "Altar". 1995

             Técnica: Aplicaciones y bordado.

             Dimensiones:110x156 cm.



            Título: "Quipu de fertilidad". 2004

             Técnica: Nudos con cintas y madera grabada y coloreada.

             Dimensiones: 37x94 cm.

Cuando dejé de menstruar sentí mucha nostalgia y tristeza, creo que nos pasa a todas las mujeres. Sabemos que ya no somos fértiles y que cerramos ese ciclo hermoso de la vida, entonces concebí esta obra. Le pedí a una amiga que es muy organizada y más jóven que yo, que me prestara su calendario menstrual de ese año y accedió encantada cuando supo para qué lo utilizaría.

            Me gustaría mucho si estas obras que les envío pudieran formar parte de su colección.

                        Saludos y mucha suerte con tan feliz proyecto.


Here's how Babel Fish translates it with some of my tweaking and the kind help of an e-mailer:

Hello, my name is Mayra Alpízar. I am a Cuban textile artist and have been for many years. I discovered your museum site very recently and it seems to me fantastic, extraordinary and gorgeous the existence of a place like that [music to my ears, er, eyes - whatever!). I write very little and badly in English, for that reason I do it in Spanish so please excuse me.

The works that are attached are: Title: "Altar." 1995 Technique: Applique and embroidery. Dimensions:110x156 cm.

Title: "Quipu of fertility." 2004 Technique: Knotted ribbons with carved and colored wood. Dimensions: 37x94 cm.

When I stopped menstruating I felt much nostalgia and sadness. I believe that happens to all women. We know that we are no longer fertile and that we closed that beautiful cycle of life - it was then that I conceived this work. "I asked a friend who is very organized and younger than I if she would lend me her menstrual calendar for that year, and she loved it when I told her what I would be using it for." "I would like it a lot if these works could be part of the collection. Greetings and much luck with so timely a project."

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NEXT artist: Carlota Berard
See all the artists in the links in the left-hand column.

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