We attended the Guerrilla Girls talk at Tate recently, which was brilliant - very informative.
We love their message, humour and subject matter, and discovered that this group of female feminist artists have recently succeeded in educating Tate about their institutional failings. Subsequently, Tate now implements a 50/50 men/women artist ratio in their exhibits - all down to the Guerrilla Girls!
This anonymous group have been devoted to fighting sexism and racism within the art world since forming in NYC in 1985. They have a method known as 'Culture jamming', using posters, books, billboards, lectures, interviews, public appearances and internet interventions to expose disparities, discrimination, and corruption in the art world and society at large. Humour and wit are integral to their approach as a way to deliver hard truths.
Tate's current exhibition - Women in Revolt - Art and Activism in the UK 1970-1990 is a large exhibition of feminist artists who used their lived experience as the material and subject matter for their art. Many of the works have not been seen since the 70's and were often overlooked, and a rebellious spirit abounds. Time to re-examine the canon.