Who controls the media we see on the streets? Maybe advertisers, and maybe street artists. The graffiti scene is dominated by men, and many advertisers are targeting our insecurities. Not everyone can abide this arrangement.
Rachel Cassandra & Lauren Gucik were eager to see their voices appear on the street. They teamed up together and made street art in San Francisco. After discovering the power in their collaboration, they searched out other communities of women making street art. They found a vibrant female street artist scene active in Latin America, and they've chronicled the artists they met in their new book Women Street Artists of Latin America: Art Without Fear / Grafiteras y Muralistas en América Latina: Arte Sin Miedo.
In this interview, Justin Hall, a friend of Rachel & Lauren, learns from them about street art, respect for public space, and women speaking out with brilliant color in a macho culture.
Disclosure: these two people are close friends of mine & I contributed to their 2012 Kickstarter. I met Lauren and Rachel through my wife Ilyse, they are part of Revel art collective together. I have enjoyed many great life adventures with them since, and both were an intimate part of our wedding celebration. So I know about this project and the people behind it, and I am a backer.
The Justin Hall Show shifts between personal stories, performance and interviews. This is my first interview with two people, plus I shot with two video cameras and two mobile phones for four total angles. Three people, four angles each - there's a lot to play with.
Fortunately it turns out that street artists often have video cameras or timelapse filming during creation, and the web gave me reach to follow their Central and South American art trails through Vimeo or Facebook or Instagram or Flickr. So I had good visual source material to put behind our discussion about women and street art.
You can learn more and order a copy of the book at artesinmiedo.net or artwithoutfear.net. I would include a link to order the book from Amazon.com but Lauren and Rachel tell me make a good bit more money if you order it directly from them.
I enjoy street art but graffiti tags make me sad, most especially when people tag murals. Talking to these two deepened my understanding of the visual space of cities; I hope you find something worthwhile in what my two friends have made.
Thanks to my supporters on Patreon who fund the Justin Hall Show.