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Post-Butt opening and Book Launch
Saturday, May 27, 15:45

with Melanie de Luca 

Belli Gallery. Via Cassala 9, 20143 Milaan
Tuesday, July 17, 18:30 - 23:00

Talk + Exhibition opening: Post Butt w. Melani De Luca 
Talk + Special book selection: Onomatopee 


Onomatopee 137 / Cabinet / NEST project
The power of the image

Exhibition will run from 27 May to 30 July 2017.


Post-Butt analyses the virality of images in our mediated society. More rounded, it is a case study around the image of female butts, bootys, and behinds, and their influence in media, society and art. The butt is the protagonist of mass-mediated cullture, it is the democratic sex organ par excellence. The phenomenon of bootyfication exists in many contexts, as varied as the exploitation of the body in colonialism to 90s hiphop culture. Post-Butt goes through different periods in time and place, to analyse the political meaning of the usage of the image of the female buttocks. Then, it discusses the role of the booty in varied cultural expressions such as film, Internet art, music videos, dance and plastic surgery. Deep inside, Post-butt aims to reflect on how our society is conditioned by viral images, that do not only exist in the digital context, but have deep consequences on our physical world as well.

With an introduction by Charlotte van Buylaere, curator and writer specialism in post-feminism and Internet art.

Featuring Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Guy Debord, Beyonce, Amy Schumer, Kara Walker, Josefine Baker, Kim K. Saartje Baartman, Amalia Ulman and many more bootyful others!

Author, research and graphic design: Melani de Luca
Curator: Pernilla Ellens
Graphic design: Melani de Luca
Proofreading: Josh plough
Made possible thanks to the support of the City of Eindhoven 


Post-Butt - The power of the image
Onomatopee 137

Melani de Luca

Price: € 15,00    

ISBN: 978-94-91677-70-0
176 pages, softcover
165 x 240 mm standing / 6,5 x 9,5 inch 

Author, research and graphic design: Melani de Luca
Editor: Pernilla Ellens
Advice: Freek Lomme 
Proofreading: Josh Plough
Introduction: Charlotte van Buylaere T
ranslation of manifesto: Megan Dinius

Printing: Art Libro / Drukkerij Roelofs Bv, Enschede
Edition: 800

© Onomatopee 2011

Photography by Fieke van Berkom
Photography by Fieke van Berkom