Artist: Jasmeen Patheja
Title: Blank Noise project
Year created: 2004 – on-going
Location: Started in Bangalore, has spread to other cities in India.
Materials: Dialogue, graphic design, performance.
What is the piece’s impact? It works to change cultural acceptance of “eve teasing” (street harassment) by standing up against it and empowering others to do the same. The project has engaged many men and women to work on this issue in public ways. It is similar to the “take back the night” movement, but updated in terms of its use of social networks and other collaborative creative tools.
How does this project relate to this change as art? The project looks to “shift the responsibility for addressing street sexual harassment from victims to perpetrators and onlookers; to make invisible offenses visible and to transform an isolating experience of fear into a collective, participatory experience to reclaim safety in public spaces” they do this using performance, images and graphic design (source).
What makes this an artistic project? The multimedia approach to visualizing the problem of street harassment and other forms of violence against women in India. The project started out as a student project at the Srishti School of Art Design and Technology – with a focus on street performance and graphical self-expression.