If Everything is an Outrage: The Binder of Women
1206 Maple Ave, Ste 1005, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Feb 08, 7 PM - 10 PM — ends Mar 21, 2020
The name of the Binder of Women collective references the 2012 U.S. presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Mitt Romney was asked how he intended to deal with the pay disparity between men and women, and Romney explained that he went to women’s groups asking to find qualified female candidates and they brought him “binders full of women.” The phrase quickly became a meme, mocking the patriarchal world of politics and a politician who so lacked contact with professional women that he had to resort to binders. Playing off of this, Binder of Women launched in 2017 with the idea of releasing folios (a “binder”) of works on paper to expand their collector base. This joining of forces was an effort to correct the historical imbalance in both representing and appreciating art made by women and underrepresented groups. The collective is an independent platform for contemporary artists to empower female artists, expand their reach, broach the topic of equality and consent in the art world, and take action to grow the number of works by female-identifying artists in contemporary art collections. Our exhibition “If Everything is an Outrage: The Binder of Women” includes works by eleven “Binder” artists: Michelle Blade, Yasmine Diaz, Rema Ghuloum, Janna Ireland, Kysa Johnson, Galia Linn, Bruna Massadas, Sarana Mehra, Erin Morrison, Julia Schwartz, and Ginger Wolfe-Suarez.