Written by Deianira Tolema
“A subculture of female street artists has long pursued their art under dangerous and illegal conditions without receiving the same respect as their male counterparts—and they’re sick of it,” explains writer Diana Shi on The Creators Project.
Street Heroines Director Alexandra Henry has been traveling the world for three years trying to climb the walls of the street art subculture and investigate its intrinsic, multifaceted lights and shadows. In her documentary, the filmmaker treads the road between North American and South American street art with a particular focus on gender.
According to Henry, this is how it all started: One day she was walking in the Queens, New York and noticed a pair of female street artists working their magic on a street wall. Henry had a “moment of enlightenment” and, she said, she realized no one had ever fully analyzed the graffiti art phenomenon from a female point of view before. Henry decided to take on the responsibility of giving female street artists their due historical recognition.
Henry created a documentary film that features 25 of the most relevant contemporary street artists, including Lady Pink, TooFly, Vero, Magrela, Gilf!, Lexi Bella & Danielle Mastrion, Legs, Alice Mizrachi, Fio Silva, Lili Cuca & Vera Primavera, Nube, Anarchia, and Bln Bike.
Henry’s film focuses on what it means to be a woman in the street art world – especially in South America where a male hierarchy still rules most social interactions.
The film is not yet complete – Henry is now in the process of raising a final $50,000 infusion she needs to shoot the remaining scenes in South America and give the last post-production tweak to her film before presenting it to the world in 2017.
But “Street Heroines” already holds a place in history for its provocative undertone and its unconventional insights on the female street art world. Walls might, indeed, be genderless, however, a few of their bricks might come tumbling down with Alexandra Harris’s latest creative project.