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Japanese vagina kayak artist found guilty of obscenity
Megumi Igarashi fined after distributing data that would allow 3D printing of her genitals in order to raise funds for boat
By Justin McCurry

A Japanese artist who made a kayak modelled on her vagina has been found guilty of breaking the country’s obscenity laws, in a case that has invited widespread ridicule of attitudes towards images of female genitalia.

Megumi Igarashi, who works under the pseudonym Rokudenashiko – or good-for-nothing girl – was arrested in July 2014 after she distributed data that enabled recipients to make 3D prints of her vagina.

The 44-year-old was fined 400,000 yen (£2,575), half the penalty demanded by prosecutors, at the Tokyo district court on Monday after she was convicted of distributing “obscene” images. She was cleared of another charge of displaying similar material.

Igarashi distributed the data to help raise funds to create a kayak inspired by her genitalia she called “pussy boat”.


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Now Open: Zhang Huan: Let There Be Light includes Zhang’s largest ash painting to date, measuring 122 feet long. Based on a photograph taken on June 15, 1964, the painting represents Mao Zedong surrounded by the central leaders of his government and over 1,000 loyal followers. The 18-panel work was made by laying it flat on the floor, priming the canvas with preparatory glue and then applying the ash, which is sourced from Buddhist temples in the Shanghai region. The temples know now what I am looking for. When they have enough ash they contact me. and we send a truck and make a donation [in return], Zhang says in an interview with Art Asia Pacific. 

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