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She is me, I am her.
Alien She is the first exhibition to examine the lasting impact of Riot Grrrl, a pioneering punk feminist movement that emerged in the early 1990s in reaction to pervasive and violent sexism, racism, and homophobia in the punk music scene and in the culture at large. Emphasizing female and youth empowerment, collaborative organization, creative resistance, and DIY ethics, Riot Grrrl helped a new generation to become active feminists and create their own culture and communities that reflect their values and experiences, in contrast to mainstream conventions and expectations. This exhibition focuses on seven people whose visual art practices were informed by their contact with Riot Grrrl, in addition to a historical section sampling the movement's vast creative output through hundreds of self-published zines, hand-designed posters, musical playlists representing different Riot Grrrl scenes internationally, video interviews, interactive and online projects, and more.
Each artist is represented by several projects from the last 20 years, including new and rarely seen works, providing an insight into the development of their creative practices and individual trajectories. Featured artists include: Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Tammy Rae Carland, Miranda July, Faythe Levine, Allyson Mitchell, L.J. Roberts, and Stephanie Syjuco.
Alien She is curated by Astria Suparak and Ceci Moss, and organized by the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University.
When you can't be there...Somebody can!
Empowerment, creative resistance, and DIY ethics....
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Alien She is the first exhibition to examine the lasting impact of Riot Grrrl on artists and cultural producers working today. A pioneering punk feminist movement that emerged in the early 1990s, Riot Grrrl has had a pivotal influence, inspiring many around the world to pursue socially and politically... More »
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YBCA Exhibitions 14-15 is made possible in part by: Mike Wilkins and Sheila Duignan, Meridee Moore and Kevin King, the Creative Ventures Council, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.
YBCA Programs in 14-15 are made possible in part by: Adobe, Gaia Fund, and Grosvenor.
Special Innovation Projects in 14-15 are supported, in part, by generous grants from: The James Irvine Foundation, Knight Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, and Abundance Foundation.