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Girl on Girl Presents: Not for Sale

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Girl on Girl New York City’s first exhibition—Not for Sale: a newsstand installation project, created in association with the Art Slope art festival.

This pop-up newsstand was exhibited from September 17 to 25, 2016, under the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Arch in Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY.

 

C O N C E P T

“At any newsstand, you can expect to find objects that you—and thousands of other consumers—are all too familiar with. Daily newspapers, chocolate candy bars, celebrity gossip magazines, and cheese curls, to name a few. It doesn’t really matter which newsstand you go to, all of them will provide you with the same, mass-produced products that you have learned to desire.

Not for Sale is exactly that—not for sale. It is a newsstand filled with art objects created by female-identifying artists who donated their beautiful works of art to be displayed in place of conventional, highly impersonal, mass-produced products of consumerism. These unique art objects allowed for a more personal experience between “consumer” and “product.”

The five founders of our New York City chapter “worked” at the stand as shop attendants. In order to take home an object, a viewer had to engage in conversation with an attendant. The conversation served as a means of giving and receiving consent, taking place of the impersonal exchange of money for a product. The conversations between the viewers and attendants were mostly initiated as discussions about the work on display, the concepts behind them, and background information about the artists. Many of those conversations evolved into intellectual discussions about Feminism and related topics, and then onto getting-to-know-you exchanges. We even made some new friends.”