Does Not Equal @ W139, Amsterdam (Mar/Apr 2015)







*detail of platforms and video with Lynda Benglis (1977, Art Walker Center)
  video 2:30min, monitor, headphones, sound


Diana Policarpo & Deniz Unal

The Feminist Rock Salt (to Lynda Benglis), 2015

mixed media installation and platform/stage for performance events
wood, chicken wire, fabric, plaster, metallic paint,neon lights, speakers, amplifier and tv screen.



Some of us believe in the struggle for liberation, if not in liberation itself. Perhaps equality is an impossible future and maybe we need a different game? What if we don’t want to 'lean in'? The time for infighting is through. We’re living in the apocalypse, in some messianic times, maybe its now that feminism can do some damage again?  

Does Not Equal is a group exhibition that questions the creative potential, historical legacy and ongoing concerns of feminism. Featuring more than 35 international artists, writers and curators the project presents various and conflicting responses that interrogate issues of gender equality and female subjectivity, including queerness in China, the politics of healthcare, and the dynamics of intimacy in public baths. Familiar characters such as the witch or medieval woman are inhabited. Elsewhere the history of colonial extraction and its commodification of bodies is explored whilst other works present archival investigations into radical political groups such as White Lightning.

In the wake of recent media attention, celebrity endorsement and cultural appropriation and recuperation, feminism no longer seems to be a dangerous word. If hashtags such as ‘YesAllWomen’ work to find some kind of universal solidarity Does Not Equal attempts to acknowledge the reality of difference and the struggle inherent in finding what’s shared. In adopting a discursive curatorial approach, and informed by a series of reading groups, the exhibition presents a programme of live performance, symposium and film screenings accompanied by a collective study room and series of radio podcasts.