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LABOR OF LOVE

ANGELA DAVIS IS RIGHT: Freedom is a constant struggle.

George Michael, expatiating on freedom, had another good point: You’ve got to give for what you take.

When the core members of fierce pussy give talks about their art, they usually begin by thanking Condé Nast. Joy Episalla and Carrie Yamaoka, who cofounded the New York–based collective with Nancy Brooks Brody and Zoe Leonard in 1991, were respectively working in the design departments at GQ and Traveler magazines in the group’s early days. During quieter moments around the office, they ran off hundreds of fierce pussy posters on the copy machines. No one seemed to mind.

Carrie Yamaoka, Joy Episalla, Nancy Brooks Brody, and Zoe Leonard, New York, 2014. Photo: Alice O’Malley.


Perhaps that was because Episalla and Yamaoka weren’t alone. In Adjusted Margin: Xerography, Art, and Activism in the Late Twentieth Century (2016), Kate Eichhorn offers an account of some of the most vital urban activism of the 1990s: Employees

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