On April 20th, 2011 Frida Kahlo and Kathe Kollwitz founding members of the American Artist group Guerrilla Girls will be giving a performance at Gothenburg Konsthall from 6-8pm and the following day 10am-1pm artists and cultural workers are invited to participate in a workshop with the group at Galleri Box.
In the workshop the Guerrilla Girls will work with a small group of about 20 participants to create and develop their own activist projects. The workshop includes an introduction of the working principles behind a couple of the gropus posters/projects after which the participants introduce themselves and what ideas they would like to work on. Participants break into smaller groups to brainstorm and GGs circulate among the groups to help focus the projects and the workshop concludes with a final presentation of the work of each group.
Artist, filmmakers and cultural workers interested in participating in the workshop on the 21st of April should send their name, contact info and a short paragraph of why-what ideas they would like to work on to firstname.lastname@example.org latest by the 28th of March. Confirmation of participation will be send out beginning April.
The Guerrilla Girls visit to Göteborg is produced by Josefina Posch – Snowball Cultural Productions in collaboration with Kira Sjöberg – Art Shortcut & Art Break Motel, Finland. with the support of Konstnärsnämnden, IASPIS, Göteborgs Stads Kulturnämnd, Västra Götalandsregionens Kulturnämnd, Göteborg Konsthall and Konsthögskoilan Valand, FRAME Finish Fund For Art Exchange.
For years the Guerrilla Girls have been stirring up audiences with their presentations and workshops. Traveling in pairs, wearing gorilla masks, they have appeared at schools, museums and organizations of all types, in almost every state in the U.S. and on almost every continent. The gigs last about an hour and a half, with images, video and audience participation. They share the story of how they came up with over 100 posters, billboards, books and actions that fight discrimination against women and people of color in art, film, politics, etc. They explain how they weave provocative statements, irrefutable information and outrageous visuals into activist projects that make viewers laugh, think, and maybe even change their minds. The GG philosophy of activism is to transform, not preach. In their first ever appearance in Gothenburg, the Guerrilla Girls will be reading excerpts from their book about female stereotypes, quoting information from their comic book exposé of museums, sharing insights from their recent attempt to free women artists from the basements of museums in Venice, Italy and explaining how that dread female disease Hysteria was cured.
The Guerrilla Girls are a bunch of anonymous females who take the names of dead women artists as pseudonyms and appear in public in jungle drag. Their work has been in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vogue, The Nation, ID and Bitch. They are authors of Confessions of the Guerrilla Girls, The Guerrilla Girls Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art, Bitches, Bimbos and Ballbreakers: The Guerrilla Girls Illustrated Guide to Female Stereotypes and The Guerrilla Girls Art Museum Activity Book. They were the subjects of a profile in The New York Times in 2004 and recently created a large-scale installation for the 2005 Venice Biennale, in Istanbul, Mexico City, Athens, Rotterdam, Shanghai, Spain, at the Tate Modern in London and the Centre Pompidou in Paris! In their spare time they maintain a heavily trafficked website www.guerrillagirls.com.