HERSTORY (Guerrilla Girls BroadBand is born. Out of Many: Many More!)
Towards the end of the 20th century, the Guerrilla Girls sought out new frontiers in their fight for truth, justice and the feminist way, forming three wings to accommodate their broadening interests. This is the site of Guerrilla Girls BroadBand, (GGBB.org) one of these sister organizations, a diverse band of next-generation feminist artists. The Broads use their wit, website and interactive multimedia events to combat sexism, racism and social injustice, focusing attention on such taboo subjects as workplace discrimination, armed forces recruitment tactics in schools, and abortion access. Committed to bringing dead women artists back to life by taking their names, Guerrilla Girls BroadBand includes such fascinating characters as Gerda Taro, Umm Kulthum, Minnette De Silva, Sor Juana InÃ©s de la Cruz and Josephine Baker. We are a collective of women in love with new media, at home with hacking. Taking advantage of cutting-edge web-based technologies we bring our subversive ideas and signature graphic style to a wired world. Our first online project, Letters to Bad Bosses, got a write-up in the New York Times that sent 900,000 visitors to our site! As that article A Stronger, More Theatrical Role for Female Activists said: "The new site is about audience participation." We still participate in the analog world through appearances (Book a Broad!), physical projects, and posters, but as we reach out and involve a greater and more diverse public in our participatory projects, the web is our natural habitat. The Guerrilla Girls Broadband Constitution The first thing we did when we formed in 2001 was to write a constitution. The original Unincorporated Collective of Guerrilla Girls had come unstuck partly through a lack of agreed procedures for such things as diversity, power-sharing, and collective rights to intellectual property. The Broads set out to fix these problems and blaze a trail for future collective artistic endeavours.
(to read the 2011 Art Journal article Guerrilla Girls and Guerrilla Girls Broadband: Inside Story, download a pdf by alt-clicking (option-click for Mac) here) In 1985, a bunch of female artists, incensed by an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art that included 165 artists but only 17 women, founded the Guerrilla Girls. Dubbing ourselves "The Conscience of the Artworld," we started making posters that bluntly stated the facts of discrimination and used humor to convey information, provoke discussion and to show that feminists can be funny. We assumed the names of dead women artists, and began wearing gorilla masks when we appeared in public, concealing our true identities and focusing on the issues rather than on our personalities. Between 1985 and 2000, close to 100 women, working collectively and anonymously, produced posters, billboards, public actions, books and other projects to make feminism funny and fashionable. At the turn of the millennium, three separate and independent incorporated groups formed to bring fake fur and feminism to new frontiers:
Guerrilla Girls, Inc.
Guerrilla Girls On Tour, Inc.
GUERRILLA GIRLS SHARED HISTORY
In 1985, a group of women artists founded the Guerrilla Girls. They assumed the names of dead women artists and wore gorilla masks in public, concealing their identities and focusing on the issues rather than their personalities. Between 1985 and 2000, close to 100 women, working collectively and anonymously, produced posters, billboards, public actions, books and other projects to make feminism funny and fashionable. At the turn of the millennium, three separate and independent incorporated groups formed to bring fake fur and feminism to new frontiers:
Guerrilla Girls, Inc., www.guerrillagirls.com, was established by two founding Guerrilla Girls and other members to continue the use of provocative text, visuals and humor in the service of feminism and social change. They have written several books and create projects about the art world, film, politics and pop culture. They travel the world, talking about the issues and their experiences as feminist masked avengers, reinventing the “f” word into the 21st century.
Guerrilla Girls On Tour, Inc., www.guerrillagirlsontour.com, is a touring theatre collective founded by three former members of the Guerrilla Girls. GGOT develops plays, performances, street theatre actions and residency programs that dramatize women’s history and address the lack of opportunities for women and artists of color in the performing arts.
GuerrillaGirlsBroadBand, Inc., www.ggbb.org, was formed by a founding Guerrilla Girl, four former members of the Guerrilla Girls and a bevy of young, next-generation feminists and artists of color. “The Broads” combat sexism, racism and social injustice, exploring such taboo subjects as feminism and fashion and discrimination in the wired workplace through their website and live interactive activist events.