Among body shops and tire yards on an unexpected block in Brooklyn, the scents of the tortilla factory wafting through the air, is a hidden oasis for female-driven art: IDIO Gallery. A Women’s Thing got to be a part of its latest show, curated by women’s art collective She/Folk.

In an interactive installation based off of our Minimalism issue, we invite gallery goers to deposit something that doesn’t bring them joy. It’s a riff off of Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, a book that gives practical advice for the unburdening of one’s material, and thus interior, life. So far, items left behind include hair accessories and lipstick, a tee-shirt and a bandana, a pencil, candles, a piggy bank and a busted iPhone.

The She/Folk show highlights the work of female artists working in many types of media, including paint, embroidery and sculpture. In interviews that accompany the show, the artists reflect on what it means to be a woman and a feminist.

“I am never just a dancer, artist, writer, feminist or woman,” writes movement artist Lucy Kerr, who performed in the space during the show’s opening week. “Being a woman, artists and feminist are very important to me in the way I create and act in the world, but there are aspects of my being that I cannot know and cannot define. I am always becoming and discovering new aspects of myself.”

Come to IDIO and leave something of yours behind. In their stead, you can pick up a couple issues of AWT.

She/Folk and AWT will show at IDIO until October 11, 2015.

Read our interview with IDIO director Montana Simone Mathieu and She/Folk co-founder Nico Mazza.


Photos by A Women’s Thing