Level 3, Contemporary Art & Design
19 May – 4 Nov 2018
Guerrilla Girls is a group of anonymous feminist artists and activists who call themselves ‘the conscience of the art world’. Their posters, billboards, books, videos and live lectures use facts, humour and bold visuals to expose sexism and racism in politics, the art world and popular culture.
The collective formed in New York City in 1985 with the mission of bringing gender and racial inequality into focus within the greater arts community. The members protect their individual identities by wearing gorilla masks during public appearances and by adopting the names of deceased female icons such as Edmonia Lewis, Käthe Kollwitz and Frida Kahlo.
With 129 projects made between 1985 and 2016, the Guerrilla Girls Portfolio Compleat 1985–2012 + Upgrade 2012–2016 is a comprehensive record of the Guerrilla Girls’ oeuvre. The portfolio is aimed at ensuring their legacy within the museums that have so often been the target of their work.