Dharavi Biennale (SNEHA's art + health + recycling festival) brings to you Provoke / Protect at the Kala Ghoda Festival 2014, an installation composed of sarees that question the idea of women's clothing as provocation for rape. Provoke / Protect was made by ten women hailing from Dharavi in February 2013 as a response to the rape of Nirbhaya in December 2012. They were mentored by Susie Vickery, a textile artist, and Nika Feldman, a fashion designer.
The installation is composed of old sarees layered with symbols of protection and slogans against rape. Each garment is unique in the manner in which it adopts a protective symbol drawn from popular culture and socio-religious beliefs (be it a horseshoe or a traffic light). The participants came up with gritty anti-rape slogans (such as "Lock the rapist, not the woman"). The creators of these recycled garments wore their creations for a fashion shoot by photographer Manasi Sawant that took place on the streets of Dharavi. For the fashion shoot, they wore masks of make-up to channel the strength of superheroes and to recall what one minister accused women as being 'painted-dented'.
View Provoke / Protect near Oricon House, opposite the amphitheater at the Kala Ghoda Festival 2014.