How does it work?
Our guests make an appointment to spend one hour alone in The Body Room. The room is set up with a large expanse of blank paper on the wall and floor, and a table of art supplies. Guests are provided with a thorough explanation of the project and what to expect before their appointment, and are assured of their safety and privacy during their time in The Body Room.
Why The Body Room?
We are both concerned with the social and political climate rooted in patriarchy. We believe that society’s expectations of our bodies can be a heavy weight to carry. The Body Room is an inclusive feminist space that enables our guests to enter into a dialogue with their own body on terms that are radically different to those that society conventionally imposes on our bodies.
What happens to the artwork created in The Body Room?
After their hour, we invite our guests to take photographs of what for them documents their time in The Body Room. We also offer our guests the opportunity to donate a portion of their work to The Body Room, keep their work or have their work confidentially disposed of.
All photos and work donated to The Body Room are done so anonymously and our guests sign a release form, assuring them of their privacy and giving The Body Room the rights to use these images.
The Body Room is bilingual, offered both in fluent English and Spanish.
What would you do in The Body Room?
We have hosted guests in Valencia, Spain and in London, UK.
Shapiro & Brown
We provide a range of art materials, including paint that is safe to use on your skin.
We are actively seeking new locations worldwide for the project in 2023. Available in English & Spanish. Please contact us if you would like to collaborate
bodyroomproject (at) gmail (.) com
This project is by Shapiro & Brown
Emma is an American artist, activist and writer. Her experiences with body-related censorship of her art and activism has driven her to be an outspoken advocate for artists experiencing sexist censorship through her work with Don’t Delete Art campaign and her Exposure Therapy Project. She writes regularly for The Art Newspaper, Hyperallergic and other publications.
Katherine is a British artist and writer, currently based between London and East Kent in the UK. She has a strong interest in community art, as well as themes of nature, line and body in her own work. She holds a first class degree in Economics, Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick.