Guerrilla Girls challenging the social norms

An exhibit that celebrates women artists , "Intra-Action" displays the Guerrilla Girl's articles and billboards that were posted to protest the under-representation of female artwork.

As The Guerrilla Girls began to communicate with the world that it was preposterous that women artists were being overlooked, people began to notice their voice. They began to lead the charge to the recognition of more and more women in art. Their act of leadership which is changing the prejudices of women in art has now begun to change the art seen across the globe. The stepped up by finding a way to have their voice heard.

Three posters that were published by the Guerrilla Girls in the 80's and 90's

These woman addressed many of the issues in the world today. Sexism was a huge issue in the art world as men were predominantly represented. Not only this, but when women were depicted in art, they were often depicted as nude. The stereotype of a women being something for men to look at was challenged as The Guerrilla Girls revealed the truth behind the artwork that was on public display. Men were the ones who were deciding what was put up, thus the majority of artwork displayed was not done by women. In relativity, women art is much more prevalent than the ratio of women to men's art that is currently on display.

Difference, diversity and liberation were three of the main goals for these women's protests. The Guerrilla Girls were calling for there to be diversity in the art world. That women would be considered as legitimate artists, liberating them to express themselves in ways that others would be able to see and relate with. They were also calling for the freedom from the oppression of men, seeking to show the value and the determination that women have. The Guerrilla Girls made the difference by challenging the social norms and opening the world to a whole new side of art: women's works. They proved that there is beauty in the diversity of art, and it needs to be celebrated!

Me with the main billboard

As a woman, this statement through artwork is motivating and empowering. It tells me that no one is held down by the way that others view them. The colors that they used and the guerrilla heads that they wore were captivating, even if just from the corner of the eye. It reminded me that I can catch peoples attention with how I present myself; I have a voice that comes with leadership, and it is worth being heard. It is encouraging to know that more women are being celebrated and recognized for their true potential. It challenged me too. People should not be held back because of the stereotypes that are placed on them. Differences need to be encouraged and pushed.

Published in 2005

A noticeable statement from the description plaque says,

"The influence of these art world vigilantes grows stronger everyday as they continue to exhibit and speak around the world."

Through this exhibit I learned that there is a constant battle to have one's voice heard. After all, that is what art is all about. People are seeking for others to hear their voices and listen to them. The sad thing is that, very few people stop to listen to the voices that are less powerful. Just as in art women were being overpowered by men artists, minorities face the same battle everyday. This artwork showed me the necessity of taking time to listen to the voices less heard.

It also taught me that change can happen! The Guerrilla Girls started because 13 women saw a problem and were willing to do something to change it. They did not show their faces or make it about themselves, but they focused on the problem and how to solve it.

Because of this exhibit, I am challenged to focus on finding solutions to the problems that come into my life.

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