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  • Leake Street Tunnel
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Records are for Girls

March 14, 2014
Asja Nastasijevic is an Art Historian with the major in Modern Art. She's involved in art writing and criticism for several years now. Art is her passion and writing about it is both work and pleasure. Among modern art movements she loves Fauvism, Abstract Expressionism, and POP ART and her favorite artists are Henri Matisse, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol. She fell in love with Street Art when she first saw ROA’s Sleepy Pigs in Brussels few years ago. Since then, she devotedly explores this form of artistic expression. She hates when someone asks her whether the street art is a real art. What makes any art a real art? Art is an evolutionary act with constant changes in its performance. In Asja’s opinion, the real art is what you want to hang on the walls of your living room, as simple as that. So she wants to hang the works of Ron English, Gaia and ROA above her TV cabinet or to place the artworks of Mark Jenkins and Isaac Cordal next to her sofa. She enjoys bowling and doodling.

Although still largely male dominated, graffiti art is being increasingly taken over by women. Underrepresentation is partly caused by the overall less number of women in this art form and this has to do with the risk taking. On the other hand, a lot of talented women out there are getting overlooked. Since artistic creativity constantly evolves and knows no gender, the female presence grows. Women artists are beginning to make their mark literally which brings a new dimension to graffiti – a very important feminine touch.

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Femme Fierce – Roo

Femme Fierce

The recent all-female street art Femme Fierce festival, the largest of its kind in the UK promotes female artists. There more women in the game now than ever before and they need to get good attention. This year’s Femme Fierce included various workshops, exhibitions, street art tours, the ‘Women on Walls’ documentary film premiere and the Femme Fierce Leake Street Takeover. And when women take over the work, they set a record.

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Femme Fierce – Saki and Bitches

Leake Street Tunnel

The famous Leake Street Tunnel underneath the Waterloo Station in London, affectionately known as the Banksy tunnel, is got the largest spray-painted mural by multiple exclusively female artists. Over 100 international female street artists gathered on International Women Day on March 8th to create the continuous mural and set a new Guinness World Record. Sorry Banksy.

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Femme Fierce – Zina

International Women’s Day

After the walls were turned into pink, not only to give a consistent background but also because of the symbolism, street artists from the Middle East, Africa, South America and Europe sprayed images and lettering to raise awareness for Breast Cancer Care and to celebrate International Women’s Day. Among the many talented artists involved we draw your attention to Artista, Amara Por Dios, Hannah Adamaszek, Steffi Bow, Zina, Stephanie Thieu, CBLOXX, Zabou and Boxhead.

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Femme Fierce – Stephanie Thieu

Takeover

Organized by Ayaan Bulale from the Street Art Agency and supported by Earthtone Arts based out of Hackney Wick’s Cre8 Gallery, the Femme Fierce Leake Street Takeover has evolved into one of the most ambitious street art projects in London.

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Femme Fierce Festival