In the past few weeks, several of my friends have told me about a new art gallery that has been springing up in Washington DC. The gallery is called Guerrilla Female Artist and features the work of an anonymous artist who is fighting for gender equality.
The concept of the gallery is quite simple: “Instead of holding a traditional art show with a physical space, this project will focus on the digital space and use guerrilla marketing tactics to spread awareness about gender issues.”
The anonymous artist wanted to combat gender inequality by highlighting it in a unique way. As he/she explains: “Our society is saturated with so much “man” that it’s sometimes difficult to see the female representation when we’re surrounded by it.”
In order to disrupt the male-dominated culture, Guerrilla Female Artist’s mission is to “create confusion, demand attention and hope that people ask questions when they see something out of place or different.”
It’s a dream come true for me,” says Guerilla Female Artist. “I’m a huge Disney fan, and I’ve been wanting to do something like this for years. Getting to redesign the princesses as real women is so much fun.”
The series will be unveiled online October 1 in conjunction with International Day of the Girl Child, and will continue through Sunday, October 4.
Guerilla Female Artist is excited about the response the project has already received. “The fact that people are so excited about what we’re doing means so much to me,” she says. “I hope that this will inspire other female artists to create their own works of art and use their voices to spread messages of empowerment.”
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With the end of World War II, many of the artists who had contributed to the war effort returned to the United States and Europe to continue their careers with artistic freedom. Many female artists in particular found themselves working in a world that was vastly different from what they had left behind before the war.
In her ongoing series, Guerrilla Girls on Tour, artist and activist Jacqueline Harriet creates posters based on photos taken during World War II that highlight gender equality issues that still exist today. The images are paired with more recent photos from protests as well as individual women and girls taking action in their communities to draw attention to these important issues.
T-shirts, posters, and stickers featuring the art of guerrilla female artist Shepard Fairey were distributed in advance. The opening was unveiled at a private event featuring music performances as well as an art auction in which several new pieces by Fairey were auctioned off to raise money for Planned Parenthood’s art program, ArtStops.
The theme for this year’s event was “Women’s Health Matters,” and the artists included in the exhibition spoke to that theme in their work. The collection included pieces from photographers, painters, illustrators, and even street artists, many of whom have contributed to other pro-choice initiatives in the past. In fact, many of the artists featured created art for last month’s National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers’ efforts.
The annual fundraiser was held at The William Way LGBT Community Center in Philadelphia earlier this month. The exhibit will travel to other cities throughout 2016.
Guerrilla art is art that has been made illegally, either without permission from the venue or without permission from the artist.
Guerrilla art is often in a public place, and sometimes on display for long periods of time. The artist’s intention is to make people aware of the message she or he is trying to convey. According to Adbusters, guerrilla art is “art that punches you in the face.”
Most guerrilla artists are anonymous, and they don’t want anyone to know who they are or what their motives are ― they want their message to speak for itself.
Artists have used guerrilla tactics in many different ways throughout history, such as political messages, social activism, and artistic expression.
The word “guerrilla” comes from a Spanish word meaning “little war.” Guerrilla warfare uses small groups of soldiers who operate secretly in enemy territory. The military goal is not to defeat the enemy but to cause damage and disorder.
Guerrilla artists are often anonymous because they believe that the work should speak for itself. However, some guerrilla artists have revealed themselves after their work has gained notoriety, such as Banksy with his film Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) and Robin Bell with her billboard project Art Everywhere (2012).
The Guerrilla Girls are a group of anonymous female artists who protest the under-representation of women in the arts by using humor and satire. They have produced numerous posters since 1985 to raise awareness of sexism, racism and corruption in the art world
The Guerrilla Girls’ work has been shown in major museums and galleries throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Tate Gallery, London; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
To date, they have conducted over twenty international museum exhibitions and six national bus tours. The Guerrilla Girls rely on word-of-mouth rather than advertising or PR to reach their audiences.
Her latest project is titled “Guerrilla Girls’ 20 Years of Art and Activism in New York’s Downtown Art World” and provides an overview of the Guerrilla Girls’ history before exploring specific instances of sexism the group has encountered throughout their careers.