Female Resistance in the Brazilian Art World

Brazil had the pleasure of receiving an exposition from Guerrilla Girls at MASP, a museum in São Paulo. The art was free for the public to see on a specific day, at the beginning of 2018. This act of resistance, occupation of space and education is inspiring. This initiative helped address social inequality issues by democratizing the access to culture.

TheFOB knows all about access to culture since this is one of the issue we are passionate about. We know Brazilians in far, scarcely populated, rural areas have various privileges. Some of the perceived privileges include a society that better respects natural cycles, is more connected with nature, and has a stronger link to their ancestral knowledge. Women are often the caretakers responsible for protecting wisdom and passing it forward for future generations. A beautiful example is the success story and culture of Golden Grass, Capim Dourado, in the state of Tocantins, with Dona Miúda. Read her story on this other TheFOB blog post.

However, this traditional Brazilian culture is preserved almost in a figurative container. Expressions of culture reproduction, resistance, resignification and reimagining have a challenge when trying to interact with other cultures, say in the world marketplace. Resistance of structural inequalities is revolutionary in itself. Affirming value to an ancestral practice and envisioning how a normal way of traditional life can generate income, is innovative.

Our Part, Their Part

This is where TheFOB comes in, we connect modern, world-market conscious consumers with traditional Brazilian artists, artisans, masters of handicrafts, wood marquetry, art in clay and ceramics… the list goes on. Through practices of sustainability and fair trade, TheFOB showcases and empowers Brazilians artists for the world.

An inspiration from 1985, Guerrilla Girls were pioneers in the art world. Their art shines a light on the continuous struggle towards consciousness of the underrepresentation, misrepresentation and objectifications of certain oppressed races and gender.

The Guerrilla Girls exposition in São Paulo happened before the internationally celebrated Women’s Day.

Check out some pictures of a few of our favorite pieces shown:

Sarcasm… these are obviously not the concepts of natural law.


Do women need to be naked to get into the Museum of Art of São Paulo? Only 6% of artists on display are women, but 60% of the nudes are female.


To know more about Guerrilla Girls explore their website here.


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