Feminist Art Friday Feature: Guerrilla Girls
The Guerrilla Girls are an anonymous group of feminists who work to combat sexism and racism in art. The group was started in response to the 1984 Museum of Modern Art exhibition, An International Survey of Painting and Sculpture that was supposed to act as a summary of the most significant contemporary work from around the world. However, the show, which consisted of 169 artists, had an uncompromisingly Western white-male perspective. Of the 169 artists featured in the exhibition, only 13 were women, none were people of color, and nobody was featured from outside of Europe or the US. To add insult to injury, the show’s curator, Kynaston McShine, said that any artist who wasn’t a part of he show should rethink “his” career. And so it began.
Since, the Guerrilla Girls have become well-known for confronting and fighting against oppression in the art world. They continue to be a vocal force in feminist activism.
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Daniella Zalcman is based in NYC where she works as a freelance photographer for the Wall Street Journal. Born in Washington, DC.
Her latest series ‘London + New York’ is a collection of double exposures and at the same time a love letter to two beautiful cities.
The series explores place, memory, and identity through architecture and nostalgia. Brooklyn Bridge Park meets Leicester Square. Whitehall meets the South Bronx. The High Line meets Knightsbridge.