Artists use India’s public walls to give a voice to trans people

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Aravani Art Project is a trans- and cis women-led art collective in Bangalore. In a country where the street has frequently been a physically dangerous environment for non-straight, non-male citizens, the group’s public art and community-based interventions involve physically reclaiming public space, giving visibility to marginalised communities and ‘gently reshaping’ the politics around gender identity. Their work has also cropped up in Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai, including visual tributes to frontline workers, redecorations of major highways and flyovers and a huge technicolor mural for the Indian Art Fair. ‘Our piece will talk about celebrating intersectionality, sisterhood, friendships and more, not just as a topic but as a practice,’ they say.

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