The multidimensional project PINK SILENCE gathered in Pondicherry and Auroville (India) more than 200 Dalits (‘untouchables’ in the caste system) to create a large „social sculpture“. The inspiration for the installation is the first feminist movement GULABI GANG from the North Indian region of Uttar Pradesh, in which women organize demonstrations to create more awareness on violence against women – all dressed up in pink saris. In addition to building the installation, the project included workshops, film screening, discussion rounds, participation in festivals and relocation of the installation.
How can art catalyze change?:
The shame of talking about experiences of violence is huge. If a case comes up, the women concerned are often stigmatised and marginalised by their social and professional circles. Through participatory art projects and installations displayed in public places PINK SILENCE facilates suppressed voices to be heard.