#25 Katy Hessel aka The Great Women Artists: on manufactured pop, new rave, and teen feminism
Helloooo, come on in, take off your shoes and settle down for another episode of The You Do You Show, a weekly podcast in which I chat with a guest I admires about the ways in which pop culture has influenced who they are and what they do.
My guest this week is someone I’ve admired since I founded The Tung – Katy Hessel is the creator of The Great Women Artists, and Instagram account that celebrates all the female artists it’s very likely you’ve never heard of. Katy believes that art should be for everyone, and that’s just that bit harder to affect if the vast majority of the art we see if by men.
Despite the fact that The Tung covered an exhibition Katy curated entitled The Great Women Artists: Women of Instagram last year, I’d never actually met her! In some ways that still remains the case – we had our chat over Skype at 8am this Monday morning before Katy had to dash off to Victoria Miro where she works in the marketing department… I think we did pretty well for two bleary eyed, sleepy little bugs, one of whose eyes were so puffy she was basically blind (spoiler alert, that was me). We managed to cover a lot of ground in a short space of time though, from her inspiration to start The Great Women Artists, to the music that makes her nostalgic for her teen years, to the feminist advice she’d give to her younger self.
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