“Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.” – Leonardo da Vinci
On 29th March 2019 will open the oddly titled art show
‘Ask them to Shut Up! because the voiceless need to speak!’
at the British Council, Chennai as a part of their #FivefilmsForFreedom short film screening.
This is the first time an art show with the works of transgender artist, activist and writer Kalki Subramaniam will be open for public in Chennai. Also displayed for public viewing would be few group artworks and a number of testimonials from the transgender persons who worked on canvas first time to express themselves.
Testimonials by transgender persons
The highlight of the show will be the testimonials from over 100 transgender persons on their most painful moment in life which includes number of violent and shameful experiences they went through because of gender identity and openness.
The persons who participated in the project write their life experiences on a right hand imprint on handmade paper.
These testimonials will melt your heart. This project was conducted with an aim to encourage them to speak about it and not suppress it deep with in them so as to help them in their well being as a way of therapy through art. These testimonials are an eye openers to the society on the hardships transgender people go through in their everyday life and questions with extreme rage and anger the narrow minded and exploitative behaviour of the society on gender minorities.
The project was done by Kalki Subramaniam and Sowndharya Gopi over a period of one year interviewing transgender persons in Tamilnadu and Kerala.
Kalki Subramaniam also offers free art therapy sessions for all transgender and gender non conforming persons for their better mental health and self improvement in many places in South of India.
This show is an initiative of Sahodari Foundation‘s Transhearts project to promote art among transgender and gender non conforming people for self expression and livelihood.
Also on display will be on canvas some of Kalki’s poetry from the book ‘Kuri Aruthean’ in English and Tamil and her huge pop art acrylic paintings.
All pop artworks can be purchased too. You get prebook them.
Please enquire in the number +91 7639741916 for more information.
Show inauguration is on March 29th at 6 pm at the British Council, Anna Salai, Chennai. The show will be open from March 29th – April 14th 2019. The entrance is free and all are welcome!