For over 30 years, the Guerrilla Girls have been exposing sexism and racism in the art world, politics and pop culture. Disguised in gorilla masks, these anonymous artists and activists challenge stereotypes and the status quo with no-holds-barred honesty and wit. Their posters, billboards, books, videos and live lectures make you laugh while making you think. The Guerrilla Girls have been keeping it real (in fake fur) for three decades. And as long as inequality exists in the art world and culture at large, they’ll keep dishing out their furry, funny brand of justice.
From January to March 2016 the Takeover will include over twenty arts and cultural organizations in Minneapolis/St. Paul and surrounding cities. From small non-profit art centers to major cultural institutions in the region, these partners will be highlighting gender and race inequalities, taking on stereotypes and hypocrisies, and promoting artistic expression by the often overlooked and underrepresented.
The Guerrilla Girls’ own projections, posters, and public events will attest to the ongoing need for individual and collective activism. In true guerrilla fashion, everyone is welcome to take on impromptu activities and actions. The Guerrilla Girls are rallying fellow feminists, artists, and activists to join them in a collective roar for change.
The group’s members wear gorilla masks during public appearances to protect their anonymity, and to keep the focus on the issues, not their identities. As part of the disguise, each Guerrilla Girl uses the pseudonym of a late female artist, like Edmondia Lewis, Zubeida Agha, and Frida Kahlo. Their identities are secret but their message is clear: End inequality in the art world, politics and pop culture.