‘lingam: 121 contemporary fertility symbols’ world craft council, belgium may 8 – aug 22, 2010

‘displayed’, frédéric braham red lipstick, or 22 ct (28gr), plexiglass 360 x 248 x 140 mm all images © rob versluys

‘lingam: 121 contemporary fertility symbols’ is an exhibition that brings together artists of various backgrounds to showcase alternate interpretations of the lingam. historically made as a phallic shaped object in wood or stone, the lingam is a symbol of life and fertility. 

in hindu or budhist culture, it is seen as a worshipped and revered force linked to sexual energy. meanwhile, in the western culture, it is mainly interpreted as a symbol of lust and sex. in curating this exhibition, the show seeks to showcase the true origins of the lingam and shed some light on its sacred context.

participating artists include frédéric braham, sam tho duong, ted noten and johanna schweizer amongst many others.

lingam: 121 contemporary fertility symbols ‘malebow’, sam tho duong gold ribbon, or 18 ct 75 x 55 x 5, 50 x 45 x 5 mm

lingam: 121 contemporary fertility symbols ‘messin’ around with willie, henk’, ted noten bone china, blackboard paint, chalk 25 x 70 x 100 mm

lingam: 121 contemporary fertility symbols ‘lièvre’ johanna schweizer cotton, 300 x 150 x 150 mm