Founded in 1985 by women artists, activists and feminists, the Guerrilla Girls are still a famous group. They asume the names of dead female artists and wear gorilla mask in order to hide their identity. But there is another reason: they want to focus on the important issues, the issues they talk about and criticize. Their identity is not important. So, in fact, they could be everybody and everywhere. Everybody revealing the injustice, the concealed injustice.
Wie believe in an intersectional feminism that fights discrimination and supports human rights for all people and all genders. What’s next? More creative complaining!! More interventions!! More protesting!!
– Guerrilla Girls
They want to reveal and criticize gender and ethnic bias, discrimination, social differentiation, corruption in politics, art, film, and pop culture and the discriminatory practices of the museums.
The Guerilla Girls use posters, billboards, actions, books, videos, stickers, interventions, expositions, etc. in order to expand their criticism and fight for equality.
Now, there are three groups:
- Guerrilla Girls
- Guerrilla Girls On Tour
- Guerrilla Girls Broad Band
Women and art
They have counted the amount of women artists in museums and compared it with the number of nudes in the expositions. For example, the Metropolitan Museum in New York had in 1989 5 % female works but 85 % nudes, in 2005 3 % works and 83 % nudes, in 2012 4 % works and 76 % nudes.
To criticize this small amount of female work exposed in the museum, they created coasters and other visuals. Museums keep the female works hided and packed away in the basement – all these great women artists of the whole history of arts hidden from the world.
But the digital world has also something to be blamed for: the representation of women in music videos. They reworked their classic poster and used a still of Robin Thicke’s song Blurred Lines.
We undermine the idea of a mainstream narrative by revealing the understory, the subtext, the overlooked, and the downright unfair.
– Guerrilla Girls