petra paul

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Menstruarte โ€“ Showing the Abjection

As feminist I’m concerned primarily with woman as a theme, or the showing of the ways women are discriminated against in this patriarchal society. Menstruation is a stigmatic condition (Ingrid Johnston-Robledo | Joan C. Chrisler). Women are regarded as of lesser value, as the other (Simone de Beauvoir). I’m concerned with showing this mechanism and at the same time with undermining it. 

By using menstrual blood in my informal and monochrome work, I draw attention to the negative taboo and publicy show something that is usually kept secret – everything is done to make the time of menstruation as invisible as possible. Cleanliness and discretion are foremost. The leaking women were seen as unclean, and the unpure blood contrasted with the masculine, healing blood of Christ. So I called a serie of menstruation pictures ”That’s the blood I’ve spilled for you”, the other simply “Menstruarte”. “Hidden Abject” shows blood through a small cut in the canvas. I try through the completed abstract structure of the menstrual blood to make the viewer aware of the theme, and second, I use the aesthetic work to reverse the negative value. Menstrual blood is abject: “Not me. Not that. But not nothing, either” (Julia Kristeva).

sightseeing – Frankfurt/Main – Photos © Raman Chana

mbb, 2015, 51 x 41 cm, 14 x 19 cm

Tamplosion, 1:54 Mins.

Petra Paul is working as a shot firer in the mountains and breaks the rock. Believe it’s a dusty and noisy job. As a feminist she has got her own dynamite to revolutionize this male dominated job and the patriarchy.  BANG...

mbb, 2015


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frames, 2015, 15x15cm/5x5cm 

menstruarte, 2015,  50x70cm








the menstrual world – view from space, 2014, 31x31cm/∅19cm


Das gesamte Blut von allen Frauen auf der Welt, gesammelt in Seen, Flüssen und Weltmeeren, würde den blauen Planeten in einen roten verwandeln.

Michèle Fuchs, Les Reines Prochaines, aus Syrup of Life


mbb, 14x19cm/∅5cm

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das ist das blut, das ich für euch vergossen habe 

that's the blood i've spilled for you 2002-2007 DIN A4


more pictures

mbb, 70x100cm

monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday, sunday

menstruationsblutmuseen, 2015


Menstrual Artists, u. a. Petra Paul erwähnt in:


Museum of Menstruation and Women' Health


Widening the Cycle:

A Menstrual Cycle & Reproductive Justice Art Show

Exhibit Catalogue

by Jen Lewis 

Hardcover, ImageWrap US $ 90
Harcover, Dust Jacket US  $ 90
Softcover US $ 50


PDF Free Download with Photos of the Exhibition


Pattern and Decoration. An Ideal Vision in American Art. 1975-1985, Edited by Anne Swartz, Hudson River Museum, New York 2007, 121 Seiten, S. 48 (Google Books). 

Ashly S. Patterson: The Menstrual Body, University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations, 2013.

Ingrid Johnston-Robledo, Joan C. Chrisler: The Menstrual Mark: Menstruation as Social Stigma, in: Sex Roles, Volume 68, Issue 1-2, Springer Verlag, pp 9-18.

Nina Funnell: Leaky Ladies and Their Worrisome Wombs, in: Destroying the Joint: Why Women Have to Change the World, QUP 2013, p. 228-245 (Google Books).

Ashly Patterson: The Social Construction and Resistance of Menstruation as a Public Spectacle, in: D. Nicole Farris/Mary Ann Davis/D'Lane R. Compton (Editors): Illuminating How Identities, Stereotypes and Inequalities Matter through Gender Studies, New York/Heidelberg/Dordrecht/London 2014, p. 91-108.

Louise Knauß: Menstruationshygiene. Zur Bedeutung von Hygieneartieln bei der Internalisierung von Sauberkeitsnormen 1920-2006, VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, Saarbrücken 2008, 129 Seiten, S. 104.

Vera Schiavazzi: Profondo Rosso, in: Marie Claire magazine, Italy 2003