Private Parts at Thackray Museum of Medicine

Private Parts is an exhibition which looks at the stigma surrounding intimate healthcare. In a safe space for all visitors, they can explore, discuss and learn about the diversity of human bodies and experiences.

Stories from medical experts, artists and actors will be told in a comfortable place. The new CEO of the Museum, Edward Appleyard: “We believe that it is essential to break the silence around private parts and identity and create a space for open and honest dialogue. We hope that this exhibition will empower visitors to take control of their own bodies and identities, and to feel comfortable talking to medical professionals about their health.”

Bobbi Rae has created illustrated characters representing Health, Pleasure and Identity. Motion films bringing the characters to life are by Hungry Sandwich Club.

The stories and perspectives of seven co-curators and storytellers are centred around the themes of health, identity and pleasure –

Shaun, whose story highlights the need for accessible and easy-to-read sexual health information for people with learning disabilities. Herfa, who shares her personal journey with fibroids and the challenges she faced along the way. Andi and Mike, both members of Skyline, which provides support services for those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in Leeds, discuss the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS and the similarities between instruments used for medical examinations and those used for pleasure. Lynne, a urogynaecologist, explains the conditions she encounters and the available treatments. Sarah delves into the myths and misunderstandings surrounding sex and disability and shares her journey towards body positivity and launching #fatdisabledworthy. Pauline reflects on the joys and complexities of her life as a transwoman. Lastly, Ki, an actor, activist, and DJ who identifies as intersex trans non-binary, shares his experience of being intersex and the importance of community.

Private Parts runs until 11 May at the Thackray Museum of Medicine. Entry is included with a museum ticket.
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Cover photograph: The Selfie Booth.

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