Defining Progress: Street Artist Gilf! on Gentrification, Art, Activism and the iconic 5 Pointz Mecca

Hey fierce listeners, welcome to another episode of MsRepresent: Behind the Face, a Fierce Woman, the New York series.  Over the summer, I5 Pointz spent some time in the Big Apple where I had the chance to hang out with awesome women in the arts and activism.

For the third episode of the New York series, I met up with Gilf! a Brooklyn-based artist whose politically charged work has not only gained her a loyal following, but has also put her front and centre in the gentrification discourse.  Earlier this year, Gilf! caught the attention of art lovers, activists and social-media aficionados when she dropped her “Gentrifcation in Progress” banner over the iconic Queens, New York graffiti mecca, 5 Pointz.  For this episode, Gilf! discusses America’s wars of occupation, gentrification, art, politics, activism and the art of smashing kitchens.


Gilf Define Progress

Gilf! in “Define Progress” for Surplus Candy.

Based in Brooklyn, gilf! is one of NYC’s most recognized and provocative female street artists. Her focus is on creating bold typographic public works that inspire thoughtfulness, while simultaneously motivating progressive change within communities. Earlier this year, the artist garnered national media attention when she installed a colossal banner resembling police caution tape that read ‘GENTRIFICATION IN PROGRESS’  at the former graffiti mecca 5 Pointz in Queens, New York. Since receiving her bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin Madison, her work has been reviewed in Blouin Art Info, New York Magazine, New York Daily News, Brooklyn Street Art, and Wooster Collective. She has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the US and abroad including shows at Jim Kempner Fine Art in New York, Seyhoun Gallery in Tehran, Iran, and CAVE Gallery in Los Angeles. Through her travels, murals, uncomissioned street work, gallery installations, and curatorial projects she continues her dialog of mindful and constructive revolution.

Intro/outro music:  Rainbow” by Emilie Simon.  Remix from the original.

Additional music: “A tua choradeira é meio salário em lenços” by Stealing Orchestra & Rafael Dionísio.  Remix from the original.

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