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The walk-in vagina

Artist Reshma Chhiba says through research the vagina has become “a space of power”.

The walk-in vagina erected by artist Reshma Chhiba at the Women’s Jail at Constitutional Hill in Braamfontein. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Artist Reshma Chhiba says through research the vagina has become "a space of power".

Chhiba spoke to Talk at 9 about her much debated art project, the walk-in vagina.

The 12m walkway, which depicts a vaginal canal, was installed in section two of the women's jail at Constitution Hill in Braamfontein.

It's made up of red velvet and cotton with a soundtrack of laughter and screaming playing.

The artist said she developed her art from the goddess of Khali who represents a form of defiance.

"I've placed the most intimate part of a woman's body and linking it to the goddess of Khali."

Chhiba argued her art is aimed at the empowerment of women and to "speak against patriarchal systems".

"The main aim is to create discussion and for me that's the success of the work."

The art work will give people a chance to stroll through the huge walk-in vagina.