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Statue of Liberty with hundreds of nipples as a statement by artist from Geleen against ‘nipple taboo’ on social media

09-04-2022 by Geertjan Claessens

The Geleen artist Edwin IJpeij wants to get rid of the ‘nipple taboo’ on social media. He made a work of art in response to the censorship of artistic nudes. That was revealed on Thursday evening at a new exhibition in Brussels.
Facebook banned Edwin IJpeij last year, according to the social medium his messages with artworks with artistic nude were not acceptable. IJpeij sees this censorship as a form of oppression of women and freedom, based on the ‘prude’ American rules against ‘obscenities’. That would contribute to inequality.

Since the Facebook ban, the artist has made censorship his mission by fighting social media. The taboo on showing nipples must be removed as far as he is concerned. In response to the censorship, he made the oil painting Reflexi. On the pop art-like canvas, the Statue of Liberty is covered with hundreds of nipples. The painting was unveiled on Thursday evening by a Ukrainian model at the Espace Art Gallery in Brussels at the opening of the exhibition ‘The Magic of Chemistry in Erotic Art’.

The work should contribute to a debate to end the taboo on showing nudity. Due to the ban from his work, IJpeij is less active on Instagram and Facebook. The Geleen artist previously made the news when he took nude photos of the Bussum model Joy Draiki in the open air in Maastricht, which were incorporated in his exhibition Sensual in the City. A Belgian gallery that showed his works was also closed by Facebook for some time. That is inconsistent, according to IJpeij, because social media tolerate other works of art with nudes.

IJpeij sees his work as an ode to the freedom, beauty and purity of women, who must contribute to equal rights.

The canvas is divided into 3200 squares called NPLs, an abbreviation for ‘nipples’. Anyone can adopt a box for a fee. The first ones have already been sold. Part of the proceeds from the new exhibition will go to the Dutch foundation Free A Girl, which stands up for girls’ rights and against sexual exploitation.

Edwin IJpeij interview vier jaargetijden Passaggio Lex Bohlmeijer NPO Radio 4

NPO Radio 4 interview De vier Jaargetijden van Passaggio

On November 18 2021, Edwin was interviewed on the national Dutch radio (NPO Radio 4) about the relationship of the previous mines and art. Edwin also explains his artistic mission that was very well received.

In Namur newspaper: the exhibition of painter and photographer Edwin IJpeij together with sculptor Irenée Duriez

Light and femininity in ArtPéro

Sensual in the City: Europe Tour and Sensual in the City Brussels announcement in international newspapers

During the exhibition of Sensual in the City Maastricht in Galerie Art Péro in Namur was announced that one of the next stages will be a Sensual in the City Brussels edition. We are in the application process now which is obviously complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

TV Prime time News Item Sensual in the City Maastricht

During the exhibition of Sensual in the City Maastricht in Galerie Art Péro in Namur was announced that one of the next stages will be a Sensual in the City Brussels edition. We are in the application process now which is obviously complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sensual in the City Maastricht TV interview at the Helpoort
Sensual in the City Maastricht TV interview at the Helpoort
Model Joy Draiki in good hands of Makeup Artist Kitty Dijks
Model Joy Draiki in good hands of Makeup Artist Kitty Dijks
Being filmed for TV Interview while working
Being filmed for TV Interview while working

Sensual in the City Maastricht Newspaper articles

The Sensual in the City Maastricht project got International newspaper publication in Dutch and Belgian Newspapers

Sensual in the City Maastricht pre-publication articles

Pre-publication with frontpage teaser of the Sensual in the City Maastricht project

Interview for The Hero's Journey

Read here more about Edwin's motives and journey. With very personal disclosures.

Publication in Dutch Masters of LXRY e-magazine

Edwin IJpeij Masters of LXRY 2017

Newspaper article about how Edwin IJpeij's chemistry education helps the Artist Edwin IJpeij

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