L.A. Streetwalkers: Female Artists Telling Stories on the Streets


This presentation will examine the practice and artwork of three female street artists'Annie Preece, A Common Name and Anna Drumm'who currently live in Los Angeles and illegally put up work on its streets. Their practice varies in material, aesthetic and narrative content but shares a strong ideological commitment to authentic communication, a raw energy and a desire to challenge the mainstream consumer art market. Art that's conveniently displayed in museums and galleries can feel stale, diluted and all about the market. Art that's on the streets, however, is energetic, raw, often irreverent, and takes some digging to find. People, especially younger generations, respond to the authenticity of street art and want to know more about it. Despite its counterculture reputation, an unfortunate system shared between street art and the mainstream artworld is the wide gender gap between the artists who achieve visibility. The large majority, if not entirety, of well-regarded street artists are male'a disappointing reality in light of the otherwise progressiveness of the movement. It is the purpose of this presentation to correct the fantasy that only angry, youthful, strapping men put up illegal work and are the only ones un-phased by threat of arrest. Furthermore, it is the purpose of this presentation to not only prove that there are powerful contemporary female street voices but also to illustrate that the narratives they share are just as relevant, just as irreverent, as the narratives of their male colleagues.

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Elizabeth Dastin, UCLA, USA

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Conference: IICAHDubai2016
Stream: Arts - Visual Arts Practices

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