Flow: The Menstruation Exhibition is looking to stop the stigma around “that time of the month” with a special exhibit at TheMuseum in Kitchener this spring.
The three-month-long exhibit focuses on the sometimes taboo topic of menstruation and shines light on monthly bleeding and the reproductive cycle through art, information and open dialogue.
The special exhibit is the first of its kind in a museum setting and comes on the heels of the Oscar win for Period. End Of Sentence. in the best original documentary short category at this year’s Academy Awards.
Flow features artwork from eight different Ontario based artists, such as Olivia Carvalho, Tavia Christina, Ann Marie Hadcock, Meg Harder, Joel Richardson, Carolyn Riddell, Alondra Ruiz-Hernandez, and Pearl Van Geest.
The one-of-a-kind exhibit was brought to Kitchener by the Waterloo Region-based company Diva International Inc., which has revolutionized the industry surrounding menstruation and period care with changes to the manufacturing, packaging and distribution of period-care products for women all over the world.
Virginia Eichhorn, curator of the Flow exhibit, is thrilled to be bringing this event to an educational setting and is looking forward to educating a new audience on the subject.
“We hope that visitors join us in discovering, discussing and destigmatizing the natural process of menstruation,” Eichhorn said. “By normalizing the conversation surrounding an integral part of many people’s lives, Flow will educate, create connections and transform perceptions.”
Flow will be featured at TheMuseum from March 6 through May 28, with a general admission price of $12 per ticket. Visitors who bring a period-care product to donate on March 8, May 12 and May 28 will receive $5 off their admission.
The topic of menstruation will also be explored through film at Waterloo’s Centre for International Governance Innovation. On March 28 at 7 p.m., CIGI will screen both Period. End of Sentence. and Menstrual Man, the story of a hero who stood up for India’s women. More information on CIGI’s film series can be found here.