C Project was founded by Carla Emil to bring original performance-based art experiences to San Francisco.

The foundation will commission leading contemporary artists to create site specific art events in nontraditional venues that will be free and open to the public.

Photograph by Jay Blakesberg

Photograph by Jay Blakesberg

Our Inaugural Performance

Romantic Songs of the Patriarchy was a three-day durational musical performance by the Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson.  It was staged throughout the spaces of The Women’s Building in the Mission District of San Francisco on November 9, 10th and 11th, 2018.  Our visitors encountered 31 women placed throughout the building, playing guitars and singing familiar and what at first appeared to be innocuous love songs but, when listened to more carefully, revealed more complex and often disturbing attitudes.

Kjartansson was fascinated by The Women’s Building’s mission and deeply moving atmosphere and became intrigued by the idea of creating a performance that would fill the space like a sculptural form, through the ongoing repetition of love songs about women, written mainly by men. The nature of the space itself reveals the hidden intentions of these songs, and the embedded authority they imply, a notion that is deeply intertwined in our culture.


The performers

Alexandra Iranfar
Alfa Garcia
Annabelle Marie
Anne Carol Mitchell
BiankA AlloyN
Carly Bond
Diana Gameros
Gabby Campitelli
Gabi Díaz-Hernández
Gracia Logue-Sargeant
Jackie Gage
Jules Indelicato
Kat White
Katiana Vila
Katie Cash
Kelly McFarling
Kelsey Shell
Kendra McKinley
Laila Williams
Laura Weinbach
Laurie Lewis
Lilie Bytheway-Hoy
Madeline Tasquin
Marissa Deitz
Monica Fimbrez
Odessa Chen
Paige Clem
Scheherazade Stone
Valerie Jay
Yuriza Jared


Musical director and arrangements: Kjartan Sveinsson

Bandleader and arrangements: Kendra McKinley


Our Inaugural Artist

Ragnar Kjartansson draws on the entire arc of art in his performative practice. The history of film, music, theatre, visual culture and literature find their way into his video installations, durational performances, drawing and painting. Pretending and staging become key tools in the artist's attempt to convey sincere emotion and offer a genuine experience to the audience.


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