Hannah Brancato and Rebecca Nagle founded FORCE in 2010. Their shared goal was to create art to generate a more public, difficult and honest mainstream conversation about the realities of sexual violence in the US, first through an art exhibition defining the culture of rape, and then by creating art campaigns.
FORCE shifted to a collective staff structure in July 2017, with the leadership of then staff member Saida Agostini. The collective is currently led by Tyde-Courtney Edwards, Mora Fernández, Shanti Flagg and Maia Owen. Former staff collective members include Saida Agostini, Hannah Brancato, E Cadoux, Charnell Covert, Rusty Marquis and Rebecca Nagle.
FORCE’s largest project to date is the Monument Quilt, which concluded with a display across the National Mall in May 2019. Earlier, they were most widely known for their 2012 viral panty prank, where they pretended to be Victoria’s Secret promoting consent themed slogans on underwear. In 2013, FORCE tricked the internet into believing that Playboy had released an updated anti-rape party school guide dubbed, “The Ultimate Guide to a Consensual Good Time”. They have also received national attention for projecting “RAPE IS RAPE” onto the US Capitol Building and for floating a GIANT poem written by a survivor in the reflecting pool on the national mall.
In 2017, then FORCE Chief Operating Officer Saida Agostini was named one of 21 leaders to participate in the fourth cycle of Move to End Violence, a program of the NoVo Foundation. FORCE is a recipient of the 2016 Sondheim Artscape Prize. In 2015, FORCE’s co-founder Hannah Brancato was named as a OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow. FORCE has received funding and support through foundations that include Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, Art Matters Foundations, the Krieger Fund, and Baltimore Community Foundation.