Cecilia’ed looks at disrupting normative notions of gender in public spaces by working with neighbourhood spaces that are marked ‘unsafe’ for women, using the politics of herd mentality and celebrity culture.
Taking Bangalore as the locus of the project, she has identified obsolete spaces like salons and bars, gendered spaces specifically, and intends to reopen them through a ceremonial show using Cecilia, a local figure of emancipation and bravura.
The project shall generate and make use of processes like old lithograph posters, sonic cartographs and photo-albums of the events in an attempt to preserve an analogue visual language and map the gendered predicaments and histories of the pockets being re-opened. The project started in January 2019 with the support of the Public Art Grant given by Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art. Cecilia'ed received PAG 2019, an annual grant aimed at supporting artists interested in working in the public realm in India.