Jasmeen Patheja

In Jasmeen Patheja’s ongoing project Blank Noise, she addresses the phenomenon of ‘eve teasing’; commonplace sexual harassment of women in India’s public spaces. Revealing behaviour ranging from verbal remarks to physical molestation, the Bangalore and Kolkata-based Patheja discourages passive acceptance of this activity and triggers public debate with a growing group of volunteers of both men and women from across the country.

For the exhibition What do you want? Patheja has engaged with local women’s groups who have similar stories to tell, recording details of their experiences which are available for visitors to play back on headphones in the café and bar. This new work is accompanied by an archive of previous Blank Noise events and materials.