In an all-girl takeover and a recent online wave of female only collectives – the Brooklyn-based zine, Illuminati Girl Gang is at the vanguard of feminism’s new movement. Founded and created by poet and multi-media artist Gabby Bess (Gabby Gabby) and working within the context of the female digital revolution and Internet culture, it all started with a girl, a laptop and a Tumblr blog. Gabby directly addresses the ongoing debates and biases surrounding women in the art world.“…personally, I cannot control who owns the major publications and galleries … I can only start my own magazine” – and through engaging the DIY ethos of independent publishing and zine culture she made Illuminati Girl Gang into a quarterly zine.
Dedicated to showcasing and celebrating female perspectives in art, literature and beyond through challenging preconceptions about women in the arts, IGG doesn’t disappoint with its eclectic mix of short stories, poems, comics, collage, illustration and photography. The zine is beautifully designed and available both in print and online. Now in its Fourth issue, Volume 4: A Catalogue of Internet Feelings – this girl gang is definitely one to keep an eye on.