Sign Up to Participate (Involving Nudity)
To sign up to participate in The Wall, please fill out the attached form and click submit. For details, see description below.
“Hello, my name is Jimmy Xie; I am an interdisciplinary artist based in Orange County,
Long story short, the project I am working on is called “The Wall.” I am on a mission to
collect close-up pictures of 100 penises. Yes, you heard it right, I need to take 100
pictures of penises.
This is one of the boldest projects I have done, but I have no doubt in finishing it
beautifully and professionally as a social activist artist. Over the years, I have done
many projects that involve nudity, and it is my job to make all participants feel
comfortable. You can visit my website for an idea of my work: www.jimmy-xie.com.
This photo project aims to challenge and question gender politics and masculinity. It
confronts the “penis myth” which illustrates the fact that most guys almost never see
other guys naked, so the only way to reference what’s normal is through porn—and as
we all know, it has misled most of us for years. While it is much easier for girls to
communicate feelings and private things to each other, we as guys have this wall that
prevents us from getting to know ourselves and other guys.
The 100 pictures will be printed on poster-sized papers and spread around the gallery
space. From the ceiling to walls and to the floor, everywhere people look is covered
with images of penises. While most people I’ve conveyed the idea to were supportive, I
am positive that some guys would feel extremely uncomfortable seeing the show—and
that is the whole point of this project—it provokes the conversation about “why do you
feel the way you do” and “why do some people get mad or embarrassed for seeing a
human organ?” This project aims to normalize bodies and specifically private parts for
What masculinity implies and what seeing other penises mean to men, especially
straight men, are interesting questions to contemplate about.
NONE of the photos will show faces of the participants. They only feature the genital
area in close-up. I have already collected 35 photos, and I am incredibly grateful for the
support I have gotten so far—considering its only been a week since I started this
project! This show is not about the individual pictures, but about everything as a whole.
The viewers would be busy reflecting on themselves rather than focusing on a single
photo. Everything is confidential.
Please let me know if you want to jump on board, and it would be my pleasure to have
you on this project and make a difference in society!!! Thank you!!!”