Not sure why I just had the urge to look at pictures of pressure gauges.
#ExhibitionsWe♥: In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, we’ve been sharing our staff’s most beloved shows from our archives, up next -
In this brilliant, ephemeral, and participatory work, Francis Alys brought one of the most ancient forms of public expression—the procession—into dialogue with the world’s most famous modern museum. It made MoMA’s temporary relocation to Queens pleasingly tangible as it also provoked us to think about what it means to liberate from the white cube, if only for a ceremonial walk, these precious icons of modern art.
-Nicholas, Director & Chief Curator
Kavita Krishnan responds to the heartbreaking violence against women in India. As a woman and a victim of sexual harassment & assault, I feel a small sense of hope that someone out there truly understands and is able to speak so publicly about it.
“This most recent incident is of course the most obvious contradiction — it did not occur late at night, the girl was, in fact, with a male friend — but that is not my argument. I believe even if women walk out on the streets alone, even if it is late at night, why should justifications need to be provided for this, like ‘she has to work late hours’ or ‘she was coming home from a BPO job or a media job’? If she simply wants to go out at night, if she wants to go out and buy a cigarette or go for a walk on the road — is this a crime for women? We do not want to hear this defensive argument that women only leave their homes for work, poor things, what can they do, they are compelled to go out. We believe that regardless of whether she is indoors or outside, whether it is day or night, for whatever reason, however, she may be dressed — women have a right to freedom. And that freedom without fear is what we need to protect, to guard and respect.
I am saying this because I feel that the word ‘safety’ with regard to women has been used far too much — all us women know what this ‘safety’ refers to, we have heard our parents use it, we have heard our communities, our principals, our wardens use it. Women know what ‘safety’ refers to. It means – You behave yourself. You get back into the house. You don’t dress in a particular way. Do not live by your freedom, and this means that you are safe. A whole range of patriarchal laws and institutions tell us what to do in the guise of keeping us ‘safe’. We reject this entire notion. We don’t want it.
Why are we here? We are here to say, that if the Delhi Police is running an ad campaign about violence against women — you must have seen the large hoardings everywhere — why is there not a single woman in these ads? They have instead a Hindi film actor, Farhan Akhtar, exhorting us ‘Be a Man, join me in protecting women’. I want to ask — what about the brother who cuts his sister’s head off when she dares to marry into a different community? Is he not playing the role of a male protector too? This machismo is not any solution to the problem of violence against women — it is the root of the problem itself. This is what we need to reflect on.”
I find myself waiting all week long for that drive home, that one hour, when I get to listen to it and feel some goddamn feelings.