Wednesday, September 26The Voice of London

Guerrilla Girls – is it worse in Europe? Exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery

With over 100 street projects, posters and stickers all over the world – including a comfortably large display at the Tate Modern – the feminist activist artists, Guerrilla Girls, are tackling an ongoing fear with their latest exhibition: rejection.

Reporter: Anisha Chowdhury | Sub-Editor: James Brookes

All images by Anisha Chowdhury, (Whitechapel Gallery)
Whitechapel Gallery … the Guerilla Girls take on rejection I (All images by Anisha Chowdhury)

Taking over the Whitechapel Gallery in London’s East End, the collective have contacted galleries from across the world to find out why women are so underrepresented in the art world.

The walls are plastered with correspondence from the group’s emails to other galleries. Simple messages with questions about the female artists within those organisations, if there were any. Empty emails that avoided answering anything directly. Rejection and reluctant cooperation are rife among them and only support the group’s narrative that feminism in art is still something that people are not willing to talk about.

All images by Anisha Chowdhury, (Whitechapel Gallery)
The Guerilla Girls provide food for thought at the Whitechapel Gallery

Dotted between the reams of emails, stats in striking reds and yellows fill large boards, their bold type faces a call to action. Across the Gallery, it’s clear that these statements are not only artworks but cultural and societal research pieces.

Gorilla masks are still the collective’s signature constant. Across an entire wall, one image stands out; rows upon rows of people wearing them, with a looming statement above reinforcing the group’s infamous rebellious tone.

We are all the girls in the masks fighting for equality, both inside and out of the art industry and the Guerrilla Girls are leading by example.

All images by Anisha Chowdhury, (Whitechapel Gallery)
Gorilla masks remain the collective’s signature constant motif