We are NOT______ENOUGH, a collective of South American women exploring the tensions of the systemic asymmetry persisting in our society. Design, fashion and art practices have for long contributed to perpetuate colonialism by spreading particular ways of thinking, doing and learning. To disrupt these asymmetries and cease the reproduction of colonial power, we encourage people to rethink, revalue and reimagine design and education at its roots.

Through an experimental way of learning, we challenge institutionalized education by making workshops to collective research and reflect on what a non-colonial perspective would be. Using the body as the main learning tool, our purpose is to provoke activations that value other and plural ways of thinking, sensing and doing.

Designers, artists, makers, educators, enthusiasts and people that relate to other practices are encouraged to engage and witness unfamiliar realities. We are open to collaborate with people and organizations that seek to dissolve polarization by exploring the grey areas of design, fashion and art.

When you move to a place, you face a different reality. It takes a while to process the surroundings and find the position you occupy in this new context. Arriving from South America to the Netherlands has been a cultural shock, yet there is a difference between adapting yourself to a culture or being determined as the Other. When being an outsider, you are repeatedly reminded by institutional, legal, and cultural barriers that you do not belong here. However, we are aware and recognize the privilege we have in the context of our home countries.

Between these two realities, what connected us was the experience of being perceived as not Latina enough as well as not European enough. More importantly, we understood that only being critical is not enough.

Reflecting is not enough.
Reading is not enough.
Writing theory is not enough.

NOT______ENOUGH collective was formed in 2019 by sharing these unsettling feelings that inspired us to transform our surroundings.

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We believe that the complex and historical meaning of exoticism can only be questioned, deconstructed and reconstructed by working together within an environment of respect. Through this proposal, we encourage participants to perceive the exotic while exoticizing or being exoticized. By performing these two roles, the dynamics of what it means to be exotic can be unravelled, thus, making it possible to reshape what exoticism can mean.

The journey consists of 3 activations: object narrative, exterior inspection and collective installation. In object narrative, participants bring belongings that they considered related to their individual understanding of exoticism. By connecting the objects collectively, they are confronted with these plural perspectives.

After this reflective moment, the exterior inspection is the time to explore the outside, recognizing different or new meanings of exotic in their surroundings. This process is then translated into a visual concept to be materialized in a collective installation that embodies the shared notion of exoticism.

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