Guerrilla Graphics: 1985 - 2000

"Guerrilla Graphics" presents the graphic work produced by the Guerrilla Girls in the 1980s, a time when the group, empowered by an acute critical approach, caused a turmoil in the art world with deep repercussions in the world in general.



July 3, 2020



Inheriting the activist ethics of the 1970s, the Guerrilla Girls took over as a voice to alert against the disparities between opportunities for male and female artists. The posters that we can see today on display, were "public service messages" aimed at awakening a social conscience.

Through its deliberate and emotionless nature, the use of statistical data has proved to be unexpectedly effective. The combination of cold statistics with the sharpest sense of humour lead the public to establish the obvious link between the art context and society in general. The specific situation of women artists became the mirror image of other situations, leading the Guerrilla Girls broadened the scope of their message to topics such as such as abortion and racism.

In 1987, just two years after the first Guerrilla Girls poster - the letter to an art collector written in children's handwriting that we can see at the beginning of the exhibition - the New York Magazine considered them one of the most influential agents in the art world. However, looking at the statistics three decades later, it is important to question what has changed. Are we achieving parity in museums or in any other sphere of everyday life? Do we live in a society that is less prejudiced and more tolerant? "Guerrilla Graphics 1985" shows historical works, but it also calls us out, once again, to act upon our rights as global citizens.


Pátio do Bolhão 125

4000-110 Porto, Portugal