Jasmeen Patheja is an artist in public service. Patheja builds ideas for public action committed to ending violence against women, girls and all persons. She is the founder , facilitator of Blank Noise, a growing community of Action Sheroes, Heroes, Theyroes; citizens and persons, taking agency to end sexual and gender based violence. Patheja initiated Blank Noise as a student project, in 2003, in response to the silence surrounding street harassment, in India and globally. Over the 17 years she has designed a wide range of interventions, across forms of media, to shift public consciousness and build ownership of the issue. Patheja works towards feminist movement and solidarity building, her practice rests on the power of collaborations and community. Patheja facilitates and intervenes, to build testimonials of sexual violence, confront fear narratives, arrest victim blame, initiate healing, listening and empathy. Patheja’s approach has grown from addressing street harassment to now connecting spaces of violence through victim blame. Select projects include “ I Never Ask For It” and “ Meet To Sleep” (ongoing).
In 2019, Patheja received the prestigious Visible Award; awarded for socially engaged art practice. She was recently awarded the Jane Lombard Fellowship by the Vera List Center For Art and Politics at The New School, New York. BBC listed her as one of the 12 artists changing the world in 2019. In 2015, she received the International Award For Public Art, towards the project Talk To Me (Blank Noise).
Patheja is a TED speaker. She is also a TED and Ashoka Fellow. Her practice has received numerous media mentions including, The Atlantic, New York Times, The Guardian. Recent exhibits include I Never Ask For It / Meet To Sleep at the Ford Foundation Gallery, New York. Patheja serves on the advisory board of Fem Tech Net. Patheja has served as a feminist mentor in the South Asia Young Women Leadership and Mentoring programme (CREA) where she works with young women leaders across India. She is artist in residence at Srishti Institute of Art Design and Technology.
Patheja also collaborates with her grandmother, Indri (Inderjit Kaur) on a series of photo performances.
Patheja lives in Bangalore.