Mandorla-Modes of Transport, by Janelle Rebel

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mandorla-modes of transport

fe m i n isms of t h e u pper a ir

Vol. 1: Feminisms of the Upper Air Vol. 2: Skirting Invisible Subjects Vol. 3: Mandorla-Modes of Transport


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Don’t play stupid, don’t play dumb Vagina’s where you’re really from.

pussy riot [Luce] Irigaray critiques both unitary and binary ways of thinking by focusing on the morphology of the labial lips. They are the “sex which is not one.” They are not one, but also not two. They make a circle that is always self-touching, an autoerotic mandorla.

maggie nelson on Luce Irigaray’s “When Our Lips Speak Together”

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Images sourced from: John Beckwith, Early Medieval Art (New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1964); C. R. Dodwell, The Pictorial Arts of the West (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1993); Marija Gimbutas, The Civilization of the Goddess (San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 1991); RenĂŠ Huyghe, Larousse Encyclopedia of Byzantine and Medieval Art (New York: Prometheus, 1963); Benjamin Rowland Jr., The Evolution of the Buddha Image (New York: The Asia Society, 1963); Dietrich Seckel, The Art of Buddhism (New York: Crown, 1964); Veronica Sekules, Medieval Art (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2001); George Zarnecki, Art of the Medieval World (New York: Abrams, 1975).

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Mandorla-Modes of Transport is a visual meditation on feminine typologies and a compilation of ecstatic collage-work. As womb-space, heavenly surround, throne, and canopy, the mandorla is a gateway between two worlds. It is the almond-shaped hull and vessel that navigates waters beyond the sea and clouds beyond the sky. Are Not Books & Publications