Street Heroines

Capturing hardcore creativity and the history of women graffiti artists, Street Heroines spotlight those who go unnoticed.

While primarily an art form dominated by men, namely Banksy, director Alexandra Henry carefully constructs a narrative mostly filled with interviews of Latina artists in New York City, Mexico City, São Paulo, and a sojourn to Ecuador. Henry also includes photographer Martha Cooper, whose book Subway Art, first published in 1984, is considered one of the most important works for graffiti art history. Cooper is interviewed on travels with Henry on location. Her appearance is notable, but Cooper is also often cited as an inspiration to many women interviewed throughout.

Known as rebel or street art, graffiti artists have come a long way since the Lascaux Caves in France’s Vézère Valley. The public art in Street Heroines created by Lady Pink, Claw Money, Nina Pandolfo, Swoon, Lady Aiko, and Shiro, among others, is remarkable and empowering. The style and abilities of these women are uncanny, and to watch them complete their work is mesmerizing, as you can see how painstaking efforts are taken to create and implement their vision. These women are tough urban pioneers for their creative passions, which speak for and to many. Henry and her crew capture the art form, the spray cans, the ladders, and scaffolding, along with the urban decay and the celebrations, including a graffiti women’s festival in Ecuador — it is a highlight.

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