Guerrilla Girls

Is it even worse in Europe?

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    The Guerrilla Girls pictured outside the Whitechapel Gallery. Photo: David Parry/PA Wire

Past Exhibition

Guerrilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe?

1 October 2016 – 5 March 2017

The Guerrilla Girls’ new commission for the Whitechapel Gallery revisits their 1986 poster stating “It’s Even Worse in Europe”.

Characteristically deploying their strategic combination of humour, information, bold graphics and a subversive use of public space, their latest campaign includes a banner installed on the front of the Gallery and a display of posters and new research.

Guerrilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe? explores diversity in European art organisations. It presents responses to questionnaires sent to 383 directors about their exhibitions programme and collections. The questions were formulated to critically look at the narratives that are produced by cultural institutions.

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The Guerrilla Girls, a group of anonymous, feminist activists was founded in 1985. Each member takes the name of a woman artist from the past as a pseudonym and in public their identities are hidden under gorilla masks. Using facts, humour and fake fur, they produce posters, banners, stickers, billboards, projections and other public projects that expose sexism, racism and corruption in art, film, politics and culture at large.

Coinciding with this new commission and exhibition, the Guerrilla Girls will also lead a week-long major public project at Tate Modern (4 – 9 October 2016), as part of Tate Exchange.


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Film: Guerrillas In Our Midst

Thu 2 Mar 2017, 7pm | £9.50/£7.50 concs

In celebration of International Women’s Day join a screening of filmmaker Amy Harrison‘s documentary Guerrillas In Our Midst (1992) alongside acclaimed documentarist Kim Longinotto’s Eat the Kimono.

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Symposium: Collecting Art by Women

Sat 4 Mar 2017, 11.30am–6pm | £15/12.50 concs

This day-long event offers a platform to consider the position of women in the art world and address questions of inclusion and diversity, especially in relation to museum collections.

The Whitechapel Gallery Archive Displays are generously supported by:
Catherine and Franck Petitgas

Guerrilla Girls at the Whitechapel Gallery is supported by:
Valeria Napoleone XX
Omni Colour
New Hall Art Collection, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge


With additional support from:
Etxepare Basque Institute

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See the press release