Margaret Lawrence Gallery
Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), Melbourne
27 April to 25 May 2013

Artists: Catherine Bell, Melanie Bonajo, Brown Council, Catherine or Kate, Patty Chang, Guerrilla Girls, Hotham Street Ladies, Alice Lang, Louise Lawler, Tracey Moffatt, Nat & Ali, Frances (Budden) Phoenix, Pushpamala N, Hannah Raisin, Pipilotti Rist, Mika Rottenberg, Christian Thompson and Paul Yore.

This exhibition affirms laughter as an important and potent tool for feminist artists across generations, geographies and political contexts. Following on from last year’s lecture by the Guerrilla Girls, BACKFLIP will present a range of strategies and approaches from slapstick to satire, detouring through irony and black humour.

Additional elements:
Exhibition catalogue 
Panel 1: Acting Out
Panel 2: What’s So Funny?
Performance event
VCA Video Lounge

Reviews:
Helen McDonald, “LOL Feminists think twice,” Artlink, vol 33, no 3, 2013 
Catriona Moore, “Review: Backflip: Feminism and Humour in Contemporary Art,” Eyeline #80, 2014, pp.106-107 
Laura Soderlind, “Backflip”, The Age, June 7 2013
Clare Rae, “Backflip: A Feminist Walks Into A Bar,” Das Superpaper, issue 27, 2013. p. 60-61
Jana Perkovic, ”A serious laughing matter,” RealTime, issue #116 Aug-Sept 2013 pg. 37
Dan Rule, “Your Weekend: In the Galleries,” The Age, May 4 2013
Sonia Harford,”Feminism with the frown turned upside down”, The Age, May 9 2013

This project was developed under the mentorship of Vikki McInnes (Director, Margaret Lawrence Gallery) through the NAVA Curator Mentorship Initiative.