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Unwarned: An Invitation to Montreal "Action Heroes"

Meet To Sleep, Action Hero Satya, Bangalore​, 2015

Co-creating safe spaces through self- and community mobilisation


An artist talk by Jasmeen Patheja

Friday, February 3, 2017
6pm – 8pm

Jasmeen Patheja (Bangalore, India) is known for her bold and provocative interventions aiming to challenge the denial and apathy that allows sexual harassment, “eve-teasing,” and violence toward women to remain normative practices in contemporary societies. For more than a decade, Patheja has reclaimed public spaces with other women. In 2004 she launched Blank Noise, a growing international network of individuals across India and worldwide who commit to building safe spaces and challenging sexual harassment. Working with many other individuals, Patheja has produced public interventions, videos, installations, murals, posters, and performances with the objective of instigating attitudinal changes. Patheja has reclaimed the Internet as a public space: without the Internet, the actions that she organizes in the streets could not take place. At the same time, without actually taking to the streets, activist interventions would remain within the comfort zone of Internet users.

Patheja’s militant use of both online and offline spaces to impact social behaviour is an inspiration for Studio XX, a feminist artist-run centre in Montreal founded in 1996, as a place where women could influence the debate surrounding the experimentation with technology in art. With this event, Concordia University joins in the celebration of Studio XX’s 20th Anniversary.

Presented by Studio XX and the Institute for Urban Futures, with the generous support of the Faculty of Fine Arts, the Faculty of Arts and Science, and the Departments of Communication Studies, Design and Computation Arts, Studio Arts, Art History and Creative Arts Therapies.

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