Q&A: Gallery Gurls
Jasmin Hernandez is the founder of Gallery Gurls, a newsfeed that spotlights women, POC & QTPOC artists.
We have been obsessed with her work since Instagram suggested her as a friend to follow (which, of course we did). A native New Yorker, Jasmin is paving the way to expose and propel women, POC and QTPOC artists while also becoming a leading advocate and voice. We asked Jasmin a few questions about herself and what inspires her, among other things.
Briefly introduce yourself. When & why did you start Gallery Gurls?
I’m a native New Yorker of Dominican descent who has loved fashion, art, and contemporary culture since I was of reading age. My education at Parsons led me into fashion and editorial, where I produced fashion shows and photo shoots for magazines. Due to my creative career, I was always in the art space, attending gallery openings and constantly visiting museums in New York and beyond. In 2012, I was ready to start writing about art, there was so much art I had seen, too many artists I loved, and a strong sense of taste. Gallery Gurls became a platform to write about women, POC, and QTPOC artists who explore gender, race, class, sexuality, pop culture, and feminism.
Can you share your top 10 gurl artists at the current moment.
- Genevieve Gaignard
- Robin F. Williams
- Hiba Schahbaz
- Kia Labeija
- Toyin Ojih Odutola
- Deborah Roberts
- Zanele Muholi
- Lucia Hierro
- Indie 184
- Amanda Lopez
All of these women artists and their work speak to subjects I’m obsessed with like black wealth, women’s bodies, queerness, fantasy, beauty, racial identity, gentrification, Latinx culture, and sexual empowerment.
What question haven't you been asked that you would like to be asked about?
Probably, “What was one of the first exhibits that blew you away?” I would have to say there were two shows at the Brooklyn Museum from the mid-2000s that were pretty lit. In 2004, there was a show on photography of Marilyn Monroe. It was a small, well-curated exhibit from a private collection. There were well-known images and many rare photos never seen before. Marilyn seemed vulnerable, cocky, sad, flirty, and conflicted in the photographs. A few months later in March of 2005 there was a Basquiat retrospective. That was really major and a show I saw several times while it was up. I had never seen so many paintings by him in one space, and I had just returned from Lugano where I had seen his early SAMO work. Seeing two back to back Basquiat exhibits in the same month was a mind-altering experience.
Where do you see Gallery Gurls going next?
Funding! Funding to pay writers, hire more writers, produce more content, start video content, and perhaps an anthology of some notable interviews on the website in a book format. I’m in the midst of applying for grants, so let’s see what happens.
Photography by Jasmin Hernandez, Tamara Beckwith, & Rex Features