Rituals for Deconsecration

This project by The Packet invites artists to reconsider what is held to be sacred in the contemporary and asks them to imagine rites of deconsecration that rupture notions of the sacred and reconstruct it instead, as rites performed from the margins.

Deconsecration refers to the process by which an authority reverses the holy status of a place, object, or entity. It involves the removal or negation of spiritual significance, through rituals or actions, performed in response to what is perceived to be cracks and fissures in the sacred. This suggests that the very definition of what is ‘sacred’ is up for contestation. Deconsecration therefore, is an attempt at cementing power; wherein an institution proclaims its right to deem that which is holy and that which is profane. Does the act of deconsecration however, truly dissolve the sacred, or merely unveil its fragile foundation?

This is a project that requires engagement. We encourage you to chance upon it any time of the day!

Curated by: The Packet

Date: 15 - 23 December 2023

Time: 11 AM - 8 PM

Venue: ESG Courtyard


  • publicganja x Chutney Mary
  • Syed Ali Sarvat Jafri
  • Leyya Mona Tawil
  • Khalid Jauffer
  • Smita Urmila Rajmane
  • Sharika Navamani and Imaad Majeed
  • Chu Hao Pei
  • Umber Majeed
  • Kitty Ritig
  • Bilaal Raji Saheed
  • The Packet

The Party 

Date: 15 December 2023
Time: 6 PM - 10 PM
Venue: Art Park
Artists: publicganja x Chutney Mary

Welcome to The Party! An exciting fusion of live projections and Chutney Mary's selection of music, igniting a metaphysical journey through the highs and lows of our visual histories.

Past Program