Petals - Journey into Self Discovery

Beck Peacock, Canada, 2008, color, video, 48'
Synopsis

Photographer Nick Karras had a girlfriend who was ashamed of her vagina, so he decided to dedicate a project to the vulva. In order to achieve this goal, it was necessary to detach the female genitalia from the excitement it can induce in a sexual situation, so that only the beauty of it remains. That's basically the essence of Karras's project. In his own words, Petals is a series of photographs of the most powerful part of the female anatomy. And it mainly is for women. It's mainly not a show for men.
Women tell director Beck Peacock that thanks to Karras's art, they finally see the beauty of their genitalia and no longer feel ashamed. "My mom never said vulva, she never said vagina. It was always 'that,' 'down there,' if it was referred to at all." A gynecologist explains that women sometimes feel badly about their vagina because they have a small clitoris or large labia, and that this feeling often extends to the rest of their bodies. Karras's art helps them to see their genitalia as a beautiful lily, and they feel better in the process. "Petals" is the term Karras came up with for the labia. Many women have begun to use it as well, and it also serves as the title of this film.

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