From June 25th to August 1st, 2022, RAMPA will exhibit a selection of graphic works made between 1985 and 2000 belonging to the personal archive of Alice Neel, one of the artists and activists who founded the American feminist women’s collective named Guerrilla Girls. The program includes a talk with Alice Neel on June 25th, at 5PM at the Aula-Magna, Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto
The work developed by the Guerrilla Girls takes the fight to sexism and racism in the art world, resorting to statistical data compilation as a denunciation tool. Such approach has been used by several feminist collectives in order to represent different social realities: gender, race, class, sexuality, etc., aiming to show the actual disparities in daily life. The group uses several printed media, such as posters, mail art, publications, as well as stealth actions in public spaces to uncover discrimination. To protect their identity, the members of the group hide their faces with gorilla masks.Alice Neel, who will travel to Porto to install and inaugurate the exhibition, will also work with local feminist collectives, Coletivo Afreketê, Coletivo Feminismos Sobre Rodas and Coletivo MAAD, and with the artist Mariana Morais (author of the Headless Women in Public Art project), who have been previously invited by the curators to take part on four working sessions at Oficina Mescla aiming to brainstorm about the Portuguese context.During these meetings, using methods mirroring those deployed by the Guerrilla Girls, data and thought will be joined and brought to life in the form of posters that expose the local situation. These posters will be dessiminated in the public space in a joint action with Alice Neel and added to the works on display at Rampa."Guerrilla Shout-out! Alice Neel's Personal Archive" is curated by Melissa Rodrigues, Rebecca Moradalizadeh, Susana Gaudêncio e Vera Carmo.Thanks to: Centro de Arte Oliva, Coletivo Afreketê, Coletivo Feminismos Sobre Rodas, Coletivo MAAD, Cooperativa Árvore, Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto, Maiadouro, Mariana Morais, Oficina Mescla, Sérgio Alves.Rampa is supported by Direção Geral das Artes, Ministério da Cultura and Criatório/Câmara Municipal do Porto.