GUERRILLA GIRLS X TATE EDIT
This autumn, Tate Modern will welcome an exciting new shop takeover by world-renowned art collective, Guerrilla Girls. Visitors will find their new retail experience at Tate Edit on the river front entrance to Tate Modern. Curated and designed in partnership with the US-based group, who have been stirring up the artworld since the 1980s, it will be the third year of artist takeovers for Tate Edit, a space dedicated to experimental shopping experiences, following on from Chila Kumari Singh Burman in 2021 and Bob & Roberta Smith last year.
Guerrilla Girls are an anonymous group of women artists formed in 1985 to fight discrimination and corruption in the art world, using facts, humour and outrageous visuals. They’ve produced hundreds of posters, billboards, books, stickers, animations and actions — not just about art, but about politics, film, war, and more. They state that if the history of art doesn’t include all the voices within a culture, then it’s just a history of privilege, power and money. Even though a complete collection of Guerrilla Girls’ posters is in the collection of Tate collection, with several works on display in Tate Modern’s Switch House opening June 2016, they haven’t stopped complaining.
Tate approached the group to discuss the opportunity to curate and develop their latest Tate Edit shop. Through months of development, the range will include a series of over a dozen archival posters dating back to the 1980s, all of which will be on display in a fly-poster wall inside the shop entrance, a selection of giclée reproduction prints, available framed or unframed, Guerrilla Girls branded merchandise and stationery, bottles from sustainable water bottle brand, Chilly’s and bags by LOQI. Alongside fashion designs with slogans from their works, there will be a Feminist Masked Avenger kids’ range, a large-scale neon gorilla, reading If you keep women out they get RESENTFUL and a books selection, chosen in collaboration with Guerrilla Girls, with titles exploring themes of feminism and race.
The space itself will be an immersive interior, designed to recreate the hard-hitting impact of Guerrilla Girls artworks, with every inch of the shop painted, graffitied, or decorated in their style. The shop will be divided into two sections: one for contemplation, the other focusing on action. The visual centrepiece will be a huge, wrap-around fly-poster wall of all the posters on offer.
Throughout the Tate Edit takeover, there will be events, talks, a photobooth and the chance to try our exclusive Guerrilla Girls donuts.
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Tate Edit, Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Members and supporters preview: Wednesday 11 October 2023
Public launch: Thursday 12 October 2023
Open daily from 10.00 – 18.00