The Gurrilla Girls have a new exhibit at the Whitechapel Gallery focusing on the content of European art organisations; both in how they seek to and how they actually represent female artists within their exhibitions.
Feminism and art have always been close bedfellows and many artists have chosen to highlight important feminist issues within their work. The Gurrilla Girls focus on the difference between organisations' rhetoric and delivery of diversity within content.
I have yet to visit this exhibit but I am looking forward to exploring its work and the issues it raises. Reading about the exhibition and the groups work, reminded me of the stellar work done by The Everyday Sexism Project in highlighting how far we still have to travel in terms of gender and sexuality in UK public life. I am so pleased that these groups are seeking to ensure these important issues are kept in the public eye. I would encourage everyone to check out the exhibition which runs until March next year.
Guerrilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe? explores diversity in European art organisations. It presents responses to questionnaires sent to 383 directors about their exhibitions programme and collections. The questions were formulated to critically look at the narratives that are produced by cultural institutions.