Guerilla Girls – ‘Interview’

In 1985, a group of New York-based women artists banded together to protest the rampant discrimination in a male curated, male-centric MoMA show (where out of the 169 artists represented, only 13 were female).

I looked at an interview conducted by the website ‘Interview’ in which they speak to individual members of the group about the progression of women in the art/design industry and how they are becoming more relevant through public exposure, confrontations and support from society. Through their careers there has been many up’s and down’s in their agenda against discrimination and how it has improved mostly over time.

” If the Occupy Wall Street movement—or at least that substrata of the movement interested in more overt political confrontations and shielding their identity in Guy Fawkes masks—looked for matron saints in the art world, it would be the ladies of GG, who have already proven that anonymous, message-aggressive, peaceful, in-your-face protest (with no dearth of clever signage) creates a winning formula for public exposure, institutional support, and, in some cases, real changes to the way the one percent at the top of the museum board thinks.” (Bollen, 2012)

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Fig. 3 Dearest Interview (2012)

The interview has been developed by asking 21 women in the art and design industry to ask the Guerilla Girl’s questions which look at how after doing so much interrogating a movement which has come so far, but yet still have so much to do. I feel the interview was developed to get a sense of what the industry is like nowadays, the responses, progression and the identity of the Guerilla Girls.

I think the way the interview was conducted is designed to educate and inform more people about what the Guerilla Girls do and their interaction in society. It is seen as a very laid-back styled interview as I feel that it allows the designers to ask any questions they want to the girls. It gives a positive identity of the girls. In one of the questions they write about the interview on the website and say ” as a result of this article, will mend their ways, avoid tokenism, and increase coverage of women artists and artists of color as interviewers and interviewees.” It gives the idea of the intentions of the interview.I feel that this is a positive response from what is happening in society.

The questions asked all seem casual but to the point. They question what the Guerilla Girls are doing and why they decide to do certain things. And also plans for the future. It gives an insight into the actions of the girls and what they are expecting to do. I feel they combine political questions with casual questions like “Who is your art world crush?” To maybe to show a sense of identity of the girls and their general emotions, but also to possibly create a fun/cheery atmosphere from the interview; and maybe to attract added audiences.

The interview is an interesting one in which dictates points of views and ideas in society powerfully, but also shows the characteristics of the Guerilla Girls and how they are not just protesters, but also want to show that they are a catalyst for feminism in the art and design society.

 

 

Bollen, C. (2012) Guerilla Girls, Interview Magazine Available At: http://www.interviewmagazine.com/art/guerrilla-girls#_ (Accessed 5.12.2012)

 

Figure 3. Dearest Interview (2012) [Letter] http://www.interviewmagazine.com/art/guerrilla-girls#slideshow_36047.2 (Accessed 5.12.2016)

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