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Feminist art collective Your Beautiful put their Junk in the Trunk

PUBLISHED: 16:33 12 May 2017

Jill KcKnight, Brain, edition 1 of 12, 2017

Jill KcKnight, Brain, edition 1 of 12, 2017

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Your Beautiful, based out of temporary spaces in Dalston, is bringing their travelling exhibition Junk in the Trunk to The Bomb Factory in Archway on May 28.

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Your Beautiful, a feminist art collective based out of temporary spaces in Dalston, is bringing their travelling exhibition Junk in the Trunk to The Bomb Factory in Archway on May 28.

But this is an exhibition with a twist. While all the artworks are available for viewers to take home with them, they aren’t sold through the traditional method of payment.

“Visitors to the exhibition are invited to bring an item, whether it is art or other objects have made, and subject to the curatorial criteria, they will be able to swap what they bring for one of the exhibited works,” says Dani Bessner, co-founder of Your Beautiful. “We feel as though this model of trading art will create a dialogue around the value of artworks and problematise the elitism and exclusivity that surrounds art collecting.”

Set up by curator Bessner, and artists Ellie Barrett, Olivia Brazier and Sophie Rogers, Your Beautiful began when the group began to discuss their feeling that they weren’t finidng enough opportunities to exhibit work and participate in shows.

“We are focused on running feminist programming that is intersectional and inclusive and that provides an avenue for young artists and especially young female artists to exhibit their work and to connect with others in their community,” says Bessner.

“Within the vein of thinking about artists getting appropriately paid for their work and their involvement in shows, it was through this dialogue that we came up with our upcoming exhibition, Junk in the Trunk.”

As well as the work of the three artists, the travelling exhibition, which also visits Seven Sisters, Peckham and Croydon, showcases work from Jill McKnight, James Lomax, Luke Overin and Sebastian Sochan.

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