When the Towel Drops, Vol 1, 

With Radha May


When The Towel Drops is an ongoing, research-based, art project by the artist collective Radha May. The project investigates the censored representation of women, femininity, and sexuality in international cinema and on the Internet.


Presented here is volume 1 of When The Towel Drops, which contemplates questions of hidden histories and hidden narratives and the fears that underpin gestures of concealment and censorship. The project asks us to consider how far removed our contemporary ideas of female sexuality are from those of 60 years ago, and also what it means to circulate into public domain and memory that which was once hidden.


When the Towel Drops, Vol 1. Uses a custom designed, motorized mechanism to run the 35 millimeter film installation over three floors of the exhibition space culminating in a single, miniature projection.



Accompanying the film installation is a publication, by Radha May, of the official deliberations authorizing the censorship of femininity and expressions of sexuality from films viewed in the post World War II era in Italy.


Publication: When The Towel Drops Vol I Italy


Installation View:

Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Providence, Rhode Island, 2015 When the Towel Drops, Vol 1. Film Installation








 Installation View: Fabrica Del Vapore, Milan, Italy, 2016

When the Towel Drops, Vol 1, Performance.

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