Through artistic practices, we engage in challenging social and moral constructions of gender and sexuality and create provocative works which are playful in nature. Over the years through curation and production of artistic work, we have explored questions around the notions of safety, surveillance and degrees of risk within the context of public spaces. Our focus has been to highlight narratives from within the working class, which are often ignored in the discourse around gender, sexuality, pleasure and violence. We have demonstrated how the meaning of time and space affect gender and sexuality. We have worked closely with students on issues of sexual harassment on campus, using creative practices to create spaces of learning and sharing. We situate our works in public space, which presents to us the challenge of engaging with diverse demographics, on questions of access, violence, mobility, infrastructure, leisure, all of which are impacted by and impinge upon how we experience gender. We have also curated festivals and exhibitions reflecting on the gendered processes of representation and creation within the art world.
Some examples of our work:
Equal: Womens’ voices for a collective humanity
Maraa is curating Rangashankara’s bi-annual festival, ‘Equal’ which has a focus on gender and sexuality. The 2019 edition will see performances that challenge gender binaries through representations of diverse sexualities, including masculinity. The festival will also feature a visual exhibition that will trace histories of resistance from women and queer groups across the country.
Radio In A Purse
Radio in A Purse (RIP) is an audio installation designed as a space for students to listen and share experiences of sexual harassment on campus. Visit https://radioinapurse.wixsite.com/radioinapurse/about to learn more. RIP also offers workshops, walks and exhibitions as a way of opening spaces of conversation on sexual harassment, gender stereotypes, feminism and morality with young people.
Hello, said the Night | Night Walk
Someone said – a mind once stretched out into the other side of the dark night, does not return to original dimensions. Someone said – freedom lies on the other side of fear.
Hello said the night was an invitation to explore and encounter the night. Beyond the vocabulary of fear and risk, the night can offer an alternate meaning of the city, a different relationship with the body. In a climate of surveillance and segregation, the walk opened a space for conversation on the contradictory experiences of the night.
She is not Asleep | Film screenings
For years, some creatures have struck us as myths, bad omens, ill luck, creatures we don’t quite know. As we delve into tomorrow with the memory of violence SHE IS NOT ASLEEP was a film festival featuring vampires, cats and women- creatures who hover in the aftermath.
Spirit of the Beehive (1973) | Victor Erice
Daisies (1966) | Věra Chytilová’
Under the skin (2014) | Johnathan Glazer
A Girl walks home alone at night (2014) | Ana Lily Amirpour
Secrets from the Scarecrow | Exhibition
In 2016, we invited diverse publics in Cubbon Park, to come create scarecrows. Using hay, old cloth and other waste material, these scarecrows came to life, representing experiences in the park- of violence, desire, love, fantasy, migration, leisure and dreams. Scarecrows that embodied the courage of lovers, sneaking into the park away from the prying eyes of family and the police ; the resilience of sex workers who occupy corners for work and a few laughs ; the loneliness of men and women who found transient loves in the park. The scarecrows offer diverse imaginations and experiences of gender within a public park, of private joys in public spaces.