Aravani Art Project is a Women and Trans-Women art collective which involves a collaborative Public art/ wall art project to raise voice and awareness of the friendship between Trans-women and Women in public spaces.
We create safe spaces for alternate voices through art. We examine their spaces of innovation, the places of their history and create room to learn by transforming this knowledge into public art. The streets are a particularly important place to do our work, as it is in these public spaces that the bodies of Transgender identifying people attract violence, harassment, social negligence and pressure.
Our creative collective seeks to respond to these experiences by creating spaces that instead encourage exchange, discussion, openness and debate surrounding gender identities.
The visibility of the transgender figure has begun to disrupt long-held beliefs about gender and the ways we organize our lives around categories of gender. By making art together we are seeking to gently reshape the politics of inclusion and exclusion that surround gender identities.
The struggle for accepting and understanding the identities of Transgender individuals exists in each society, race, and class.This includes, a friendly bonding for women and trans-women to indulge into public art making.
The Transgender community all over the world are in need of support, exposure and most importantly art.
We also want to recognize the strengths in the arts and find an alternative source of income for the transgender community through freelance art and design projects. In doing so, we develop organizational skills and advocate social change by raising community awareness in public places.
We have a passion for art as a social practice. Through our creative collaborations we want to raise awareness of the social possibilities of art making and the conversations that it enables.
Aravani Art project is a collective of diverse women artists who identify across the spectrum as transgender- women, gender-fluid women, and cis-gender women.
We create social interventions into local communities and neighborhoods creating a space for discussion.
We work on a project-by-project basis on research and commissioned projects. The design, imagery and message of an artwork is put together binding the stories shared by our community and clients. We experiment with local colours, patterns, motifs, language, ritual, and story and we respect and embrace local religions and spiritual beliefs.
When we are not on projects, our team researches and documents the unique localised cultures, rituals, festivals, challenges, concerns, and celebrations of the community within their neighborhoods.
The pace of the Aravani Art Project is fast but fun and definitely colourful.
If you have a plan in mind for how you would like to assist the collective or an idea for a project, then please send us an e-mail. If you’re not yet sure how you’d like to be involved then hit ‘follow’ on Instagram and ‘like’ on Facebook to keep an eye out for upcoming projects and opportunities.
Of course, anyone can join us while we paint walls. The more the merrier!