Ashmina Ranjit: Politics of Being
April 23, 2021 , 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
Just because we’re born with a vagina, why accept that our family, society, and state continue treating us as unequal ‘beings’? Why sexual violence, unequal rights, and inequities persist? Why do we need to rethink and re-imagine intersections of gender, caste, class and religion?
I plan to reflect on insights from my journey of resisting and interrogating complex politics of Hindu patriarchy, especially the role of nation-state in sustaining structures of dominance and exploitation. Using art as a tool for investigating and reclaiming my own position as a ‘Being’, I am exploring my multiple identities as a human, citizen, Asian, artist amongst others.
Ashmina is Nepal’s leading conceptual artist and activist. She is at the forefront of artivism (art+activism) in South Asia. Her artworks challenge and confront the status quo. Subversion of stereotypes, politics of gender and human rights are critical to her process. With her performances, during insurgency Ashmina brought together arm forces, Maoists, civilians and students to raise voices against violence, and for democracy. Ashmina performs, leads workshops, and connects communities. She creates an environment of collaboration and innovation for artists at her art hub LASANAA / NexUs. The Kathmandu Post featured her as one of 25 individuals who shaped Nepal.