I smell a rat

30 September 2019, Ada X, Montreal (CA)
12 December 2019, Goethe Institute Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore (IN)

I Smell a Rat is a workshop which challenges the fact that female body scents have a history of particularly negative associations. Participants critically engage with gender-related perceptions about body scents through presentations, discussions, and hands-on experiments. With special attention given to the social and cultural norms of female body scents, the work sets out to explore the following two questions: (1) How do we react towards women‘s body scents? (2) Can we overcome potential prejudice, or even disgust, by cultivating curiosity?

I Smell a Rat has been commissioned by and presented at Ada X (formerly Studio XX)

Participants at Ada X, Montreal, CA

Participants at Goethe Institute Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore, IN  


Curator Montreal: Natacha Clitandre @ Ada X
Advice on olfactory matters: Marc vom Ende
Photos Bangalore: Magali Couffon de Trevros
Photos Montreal: Gabriel Beck