WE are defined by many things, but what to do if one or more of the physical attributes that helps define our gender is removed? How about if what is taken away is perceived by society as an integral part of one’s sexuality? How to be “normal” in such circumstances, when society’s pressure suggests otherwise?

A community art project that explores the narrow ideas of our culture concerning “good” and “normal” looks when it comes to women, Monokini 2.0 seeks to push the boundaries of what is acceptable and beautiful in society regarding the human body.

Monokini 2.0 sees a group of Finnish fashion designers creating swimsuits that challenge traditional ideas to whom a swimsuit should cater. Many women decide against having breast reconstruction after a mastectomy, choosing to continue their lives with a single breast. However, as swimsuits available today are, without exception, designed for women with two breasts, what is on offer for those who have undergone such a procedure?

The exhibition presents swimsuits designed specifically for these women. Furthermore, these creations have been photographed in a fashion shoot, with women who have undergone a mastectomy modeling the designs.

Nutty Tarts: Monokini 2.0
Until 7 September
The Finnish Museum
of Photography
The Cable Factory
Tallberginkatu 1G

The Finnish fashion designers whose creations are on display include Tyra Therman, Sasu Kauppi, Mert Otsamo, Timo Rissanen, Outi Les Pyy, Vilma Riitijoki and KaksiTvå.

An artist talk (in Finnish), with Helsinki-based artist duo Nutty Tarts (Katriina Haikala and Vilma Metteri) is being held on Thursday 21 August from 18.30-19.30. Free entrance.

James O’Sullivan
Virve. Photo: Pinja Valja, Monokini 2.0.
Designer: Tyra Therman