Street Art

"All Art is Political": The History of the Guerrilla Girls in 60 Seconds from "Beyond the Streets"

June 07, 2018

It's hard to put the historical impact of the Guerrilla Girls into a short explanation. They were making interventionist street art before the label Street Art was even created. Currently showing at the landmark Beyond the Streets exhibition in Los Angeles, the Guerrilla Girls are being rightly celebrated as one of the most influential art activist groups of the last 50 years, not just as feminist activist but re-examining how art and public space can be utilized for awareness and provocation.

In their own words: The Guerrilla Girls are feminist activist artists. We wear gorilla masks in public and use facts, humor and outrageous visuals to expose gender and ethnic bias as well as corruption in politics, art, film, and pop culture. Our anonymity keeps the focus on the issues, and away from who we might be: we could be anyone and we are everywhere. We believe in an intersectional feminism that fights discrimination and supports human rights for all people and all genders. We undermine the idea of a mainstream narrative by revealing the understory, the subtext, the overlooked, and the downright unfair. We have done hundreds of projects (posters, actions, books, videos, stickers) all over the world, including Bilbao, Iceland, Istanbul, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York, Rotterdam, Sao Paolo, and Shanghai. We also do interventions and exhibitions at museums, blasting them on their own walls for their bad behavior and discriminatory practices, including our 2015 stealth projection on the façade of the Whitney Museum about income inequality and the super rich hijacking art. Our retrospectives in Bilbao and Madrid, and our US traveling exhibition, Guerrilla Girls: Not Ready To Make Nice, have attracted thousands. For 2016 we produced new street and museum projects at Tate Modern and Whitechapel Gallery, London; and in Paris, Cologne, and Minneapolis. In 2017, we have new projects and exhibitions at MASP, Sao Paolo; the Frestas Triennial, Sorocaba; The Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam; The Museum of Military History, Dresden; and many other places. What’s next: More creative complaining!! More interventions!! More resistance!!

Beyond the Streets will be on view through July 6, 2018 in Los Angeles. Film made possible by adidas Skateboarding