Among other things, South African lesbian artist Zanele Muholi makes art with her own menstrual blood. This has been done time to time since the 70’s and a feminist wave of artists made art focused on taboo body functions such as menstruation to break the silences that patriarchy had built around bodies, specifically those belonging to women. It has inspired laughter, revulsion, and newfound depths of body love, but it never fails to garner attention.
Muholi’s art is particularly aesthetic to me, and at first glance does not necessarily broadcast ‘menstrual blood!’ But it is, and hers nonetheless, and I think it is quite breathtaking.
Muholi on her art: “At one level, my project deals with my own menstrual blood, with that secretive, feminine time of the month that has been reduced within Western patriarchal culture as dirty.”