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

    Bushwick, Brooklyn 2014- GILF! is an artist / activist based in Bushwick, Brooklyn who sparks conversations and questions the status quo through her work. Ranging from graffiti to wheat paste to stencils and performances in the public realm, her projects present new ways to look at culture and society. This fall I spent multiple days and had lengthy and inspiring conversations with Gilf! in her studio where she’s been preparing for upcoming shows in Los Angeles, New York and Miami. While she’s in high creative gear preparing for these exhibits, she’s also donning an orange prison jumpsuit for the entire month of October in hopes of bringing more awareness to the issue of mass incarceration in the US. Taking her art off the wall and literally wearing it on the streets is a method of reaching more people and having conversations with strangers who might not necessarily talk to her if she wasn't wearing a bright orange prison jumpsuit. While I plan to share a broader interview and profile of Gilf! as an artist / activist, I felt compelled to promote her performance project while it's in action through a short video. At the end of the month 3 of the adorned jumpsuits will be on display at NOoSphere Gallery on the Lower East Side. In addition, Gilf! will be giving a talk on November 12 from 7-8PM at the gallery along with the artist Essam to discuss her project as well as his work.

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

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

    San Juan, Puerto Rico November 2013- Vero Rivera is an emerging artist who covers the concrete walls of San Juan with delicate imagery of foliage native to Puerto Rico. When I met Vero, she had just come back from a trip to Japan and when she told me, in my mind it made perfect sense that she would travel to a country with a strong artistic culture of calligraphy and delicateness. Her work is full of such influence.

    Over the course of my stay, she invited me to document her artistic process of painting murals and making paper cutouts to put up around the city. One sunny afternoon I met Vero at her home studio in the hills of Carolina, right on the edge of the rainforest (Ah ha, no wonder she has a thing for leaves ). She was preparing a paper cutout to wheat paste up between an overpass of a local highway. It would be the first one she'd ever done one in her own neighborhood. And was definitely uncommissioned.

    I also hung with Vero while she painted a mural in participation with a local art festival in the Barrio Obrero neighborhood of San Juan. It was interesting to observe how she translates the same representation of nature from her cutouts, to murals using only paint and brush. Both approaches maintain a methodical application and brilliantly capture nature's own reflection through each space where she chooses to work.

    Here we speak about her work, her inspirations and why she chooses the street to show off her art. Also, if you listen closely to the interview, you'll hear Kiki, the neighbor's parrot, contributing to the conversation. Oh the island of enchantment! Me encanta!

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

    Directed, filmed and edited by Alexandra Henry.
    alexandrahenry.com

    For more on Vero Rivera, visit her page:
    facebook.com/veroriverastudio

    Special thanks to:
    Sarika Angulo
    Juan Carlos Ovies

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

    Wynwood, Miami, 2013- Born in Ecuador and raised in New York City, TooFly started her artistic endeavors at 15 yrs old. Influenced by friends from the neighborhood, she began to carry around a marker and found herself writing on desks in high school, tagging mailboxes on her way home and eventually staying out late at night doing graffiti.

    In 1992 TooFly could be found hanging out at 5Pointz honing her skills, where time and more space allowed her to focus on bigger characters. This lead to the creation of her iconic ‘hip-hop girls and b-girls’. Recently she has traded the chaotic streets of New York City for the quiet mountains of Ecuador, and in this vignette discusses how her art and style has evolved. The hard graphic edges have given way to tribal markings and softer details now found in her ‘warrior women’ murals, reflecting a slower pace of life surrounded by nature.

    However she doesn't stay put in one place very long as requests for her murals take her all over the world. At Art Basel Miami in December of 2013, I caught up with TooFly where she was painting a mural with the Few N Far Women’s collective as well as participating in the ‘Women on the Walls’ gallery exhibit curated by Jeffery Deitch. In this video you see the making of her latest 'warrior woman'.

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

    Directed, filmed and edited by Alexandra Henry.
    alexandrahenry.com

    More on TooFly:
    tooflynyc.com

    Special thanks to Erica Quitzow.

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

    The Bronx, NYC 2013 - Miss 163, aka Sharon de la Cruz, is a street artist from The Bronx. I met Miss 163 one fall afternoon in 2012 while she was painting a wall at 5Pointz in Long Island City. We quickly became friends and a few months later I was following her down to Lima, Peru where she was going to paint murals at an all-women festival called 'Nosotras Estamos en la Calle'. Miss 163's connection with Lima started when she studied abroad there in 2006 and helped found the 'Maripussy' crew, an all girl collective of street artists.

    This vignette focuses on her work in New York City where she depicts images of strong women and community organizers while speaking out against hypersexulazation. Her latest project is a stenciled mural across the Hunts Point Bridge in The Bronx, that features Ruby Bridges, a young African-American girl responsible for desegregating the South via the education system.

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

    Directed, filmed and edited by Alexandra Henry.

    More on MISS 163:

    unoseistres.com

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  5. 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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