The Guerrilla Girls and the F-word: Feminism

 

“I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard…we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” ―Malala Yousafzai

On March 8th, we celebrated International Women’s Day, an annual day around the world where over 100 countries celebrate women’s achievements throughout history. The establishment of this day originated in 1909 in New York to honor the movement of women’s right, as well as to support the attainment of universal suffrage for women.

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“Guerrilla Girls: Not Ready to Play Nice” show in the Grand Hall, Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre of the University of Hong Kong.

Fast forward to today, this day also calls for attention and action on gender parity. Over time, women’s rights, and protection has definitely improved. We as women are now able to vote, have the right to use birth controls, hold property in our own name, and more. These are all rights that we now have the luxury to exert, but we should never forget how hard people had to fight for them.

Even though we are already at a better place, gender and ethnic biases still prevail. That is why I believe no movement should be overlooked, as Laurel Thatcher Ulrich once said, “Well-behaved women seldom make history.”

That is why I want to draw some attention to an anonymous group of female activist artists from New York who has expanded their message to Hong Kong and just had their first performance in Asia at the University of Hong Kong.

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“Guerrilla Girls: Not Ready to Play Nice” show in the Grand Hall, Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre of the University of Hong Kong.

The feminist group, Guerrilla Girls, also known as GG, uses facts, humor and visuals to fight against sexism and racism in politics, arts, film and pop culture. The GG wear gorilla masks in public to hide their identity, so it could keep the focus on the issues they are raising, and not on who they are. They have appeared in major art events and performed different gigs in various educations and cultural institutions around the world. Based on their media coverage and over 100 projects they have carried out, it is safe to say that they are a group of female activists whose voices goes beyond the art world.

Although they’ve already finished their first show in Hong Kong today, you can still catch them in Hong Kong over the next few days and learn a thing or two about feminism and arts. They will be appearing at one of the world’s renowned art exhibition, Art Basel Hong Kong.

Location: Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

Shows:

March 27-31: Women Get Resentful: Guerrilla Girls Interactive Project and Video Asia Art Archive, Art Basel Hong Kong
(https://aaa.org.hk/en/programmes/programmes/women-make-art-history/period/current-upcoming)

March 27: Conversations with the Guerrilla Girls, at the Asia Art Archive booth, Art Basel Hong Kong. 6-7 PM.

March 30: Guerrilla Girls panel, Art Basel Hong Kong. 5-6:30 PM, HKCEC Room N101B

 

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