STREET HEROINES

Broadcast on International Women's Day, March 8th 2019 on Bronxnet TV, Optimum 68 / FiOS 34.

5Pointz, New York City, 2013- World famous graffiti / street / spray paint artist Shiro hails from Shizuoka, Japan however she got her start in the graffiti scene in 1998 on her first trip to NYC. Her manga-style characters reflect not only her cultural roots in Japan but are also influenced by the 'confident and sexy women' she has found in hip-hop artists like Lil' Kim, Foxy Brown and Salt 'n Pepa. Over the past 10 years Shiro's popularity has grown not only in NYC and Japan but worldwide throughout the street art community.

In August, I met up with Shiro at 5Pointz in Long Island City, Queens to hear more about how she broke into the often hard to navigate graffiti / street art scene in New York. She agreed to let me film her painting her latest mural at 5Pointz on the condition I didn't show her entire face. In order to respect her request, I interviewed her off camera however you still see her warm personality shine through.

This is the second vignette in a documentary series dedicated to women street artists painting in North and South America.

Directed, filmed and edited by Alexandra Henry.

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STREET HEROINES

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Street Heroines is a collection of stories that celebrate female street artists who are transforming the urban environment in colorful ways. Whether visually protesting socio-political injustices or spreading messages of empathy, these women are using…


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Street Heroines is a collection of stories that celebrate female street artists who are transforming the urban environment in colorful ways. Whether visually protesting socio-political injustices or spreading messages of empathy, these women are using creativity to persevere social ignorance and find their own voices in the male-dominated world of graffiti and street art.

I began the project while living in São Paulo in 2011-2012 where the street art scene is overwhelming. My success in connecting with these artists comes from walking the streets of major cities and investigating by foot. My goal with this project, simply put, is to promote awareness about the flourishing global community of female street artists and encourage others to find their creative voice.

~Alexandra Henry / Director

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