See Why This Transgender Art Project Is Wowing Bangalore
There is a unique movement underway in Bangalore, where transgender folk are creating brilliant and vivid works of art in the city’s public spaces. The brainchild of city-based artist Poornima Sukumar, the Aravani Art Project seeks to highlight the challenges the community faces, while trying to spread the message of inclusion.
‘Aravani’ is a non-prejudicial name in Tamil that is often used to refer to the third gender.
The Aravani Art Project brings together members of the transgender community to create works of art.
This mural at the Dhanvantri Road underpass carries the Kannada words “Navu Idivi” which means “We exist”
By creating art in public spaces, the project allows people to start conversations with members of the transgender community.
The Aravani Art Project has gained a lot of recognition, attracting artists, students and the general public, enabling them to contribute to the project as well.
Several more art projects are being planned, including a plan to sell recycled glass bottles that have been hand-painted by members of the transgender community.
The idea is to help members of the community find sustainable ways to earn a living, sparing them the need to beg to make ends meet.
Reporter- Stacy Linera Pereira
Edited by- Nikhil Narayan Sivadas