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 (derived from Tamil Nadu, India) is a chosen name to remove the innuendo of the word 'Hijra' , a non stigmatized name like that was the intention.The meaning of the term “Aravani” literally means a person who worships Lord Aravan.
The project embraces anyone who wants to create and make a difference with the community.