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Artists included on this page: Sukhy Parhar, Lee Pearson, Danielle Cruit, and Kalki Subramaniam.

Reborn by Sukhy Parhar (Scotland)

Reborn

Reborn is a celebration of life over death, of sobriety over alcoholism, and above all, a commemoration of the process of recovery. I have been communing with mother nature by wild swimming, often in the waters of Loch Lomond, inspiring me to celebrate this new found aspect to the relationship through the medium of photography, with a poem of jubilation. Queer black bodies are not often afforded space in the conversation around recovery, and I want to use this moment in my journey to lift up my voice with a multifaceted self-portrait.

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Sukhy Parhar

Sukhy Parhar: I am a 36 year old mixed race, non binary queer transfemme, divorced, pansexual, pagan, poet, photographer, and parent. I am typically found smashing capitalists, the patriarchy, and white heteronormativity in all areas of my creative practice.

I came to art late, having previously trained in oral and maxillofacial surgery, but found my creative spark awakened whilst on a retreat. This transformative experience inspired me to commence studies at Glasgow School of Art, and I have subsequently immersed myself in the art scene, having exhibited domestically and internationally, and written 2 self-published collections of poetry.

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SUMMER WAR (I) by Lee Pearson (USA)

SUMMER WAR is a series of conceptual prints exploring the phenomenon of the binaries we create to find order in our lives: male and female, self and other, good and evil, victim and perpetrator. Rather than fitting neatly in these binaries, most of us find ourselves in a fearful purgatory of both, unable to name ourselves in a way that feels genuine. SUMMER WAR seeks contentment with the in-between place and its inhabitants, asking questions of what it means to truly escape gendered and moral duplicity and, reaching neither shore, finding safety in the expanse between known and unknown.

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Lee Pearson is a fourth-year Studio Art/Chinese Language double-major at USF. While their work is mostly illustrative, they also enjoy experimental video art, printmaking, zines, and embroidery. Lee draws from experiences with human guilt, fear, and isolation, warping easily recognizable symbols in our lives to ask questions about what it truly means to exist ambiguously. Lee is also deeply invested in the history of art and its ability to encapsulate the never-ending human experience. They are currently pursuing a career in art therapy for traumatized individuals.

They are, really, just like you.

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The Search by Danielle Cruit (USA)

This painting was made years before I realized I was transgender.

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Danielle Cruit is an transgender artist from the Tampa Bay Area with a specialization in figurative and portrait work. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2014, but focused on representational fine art, hoping to bring things hidden into focus.

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I, With In by Kalki Subramaniam (India)

'I, With In' is a mixed media artwork by artist and transgender rights activist Kalki Subramaniam from India. The work is a Diptych painting with two pieces of half faces which can be juxtaposed or placed for viewing as the artist perceives it to be. The faces are non-binary and transgender in nature, the colours represent their versatility and vibrancy in their personality. The two pieces of artwork represent my love for people like me, the transgender persons.

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Kalki Subramaniam is a transgender artist, activist, actor and writer from India. She founded the Sahodari Foundation for the empowerment of transgender population of India. Sahodari Foundation has trained more than 200 transgender artists. Through the Red Wall project and the Transhearts project, she supports and livelihood of the transgender community and also trains them as activists.

Kalki creates artworks that are vibrant, colorful and creates pop art and surrealist artworks which are mainly portraits of humans. Kalki primarily uses vibrant fluorescent acrylic paints to create large artworks. She mostly paints portraits, faces that inspire and influence her. She also uses different mediums of paints to create vibrant portraits that express the versatility, beauty and emotions of queer and trans figures. She has received numerous awards for her artistic contributions and for her community art projects. She has exhibited her artworks in art shows in India, Canada, USA and the Netherlands. She has participated in solo and group shows.

She founded the following projects:
Sahodari Foundation
Red Wall Project
Transhearts
Wall of Kindness

She founded the following Art and Film Festivals:
India International Spiritual Art Festival
India International Short Film Festival

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