On Wednesday, March 11th, girls from our winter session of Protest + Print opened an exhibition of their activist art collection at Sphere in downtown Oakland. Seeing their prints on the wall as a collection was incredibly powerful, and we were joined by friends, family, and our greater community to celebrate the work, the girls, and their stories.
The prints are now available in limited edition via our online shop (with all proceeds going straight to the artists), where you can also read each of the girls’ artist statements.
13 high school girls from 7 East Bay cities make up the after-school Protest + Print class at Girls Garage, a nonprofit design and building program and workspace in Berkeley. In January, we came together to consider and answer the question: What is your biggest, boldest, most beautiful vision for girls and women in 2020?
The resulting collection of screen printed posters represents our individual and collective voices: curious, hopeful, raging, compassionate, fierce, and fearless. From housing rights to access to menstrual products, from dyslexia to the meaning of our names, these prints tell our stories as one girl and as all girls. Under the guidance of Girls Garage’s female mentors and instructors, HyeYoon Song and Emily Pilloton, we combined the image of a flag (a statement, a banner, a stake in the ground) with our own hand-drawn artwork to express our visions. All posters were printed by hand, by us girls, in the Girls Garage space over the past 2 months.
We hope you will look, listen, feel, respond, and stand with us in 2020.