Artworks exhibited as part of the AUYI - Art Urbanism Youth India exhibition at Théâtre de Verre in Paris, 2020.
This series is based on weaving the fabric between the past and the future. Carrying forward the art and mythologies of the culture while shedding and reforming regressive structures. Indian has one of the richest and most diverse cultures that has a history that extends several millennia old. It is home to hundreds of religious and ethnically diverse communities each with their own unique cuisine, language, architecture and traditions.
However, India also has a history of having a complicated relationship with its marginalised communities. It struggles with caste, race, religious and gender discrimination is still an ongoing endeavour. Furthermore, being a predominantly patriarchal society, woman and queer bodies have most often bore the brunt of having little to no agency over their voices and their bodies.
Siva utilizes the lens of speculative fiction to explore an interpretation of the future of gender and society in India. Inspired by Indian mythologies, science fiction and the artist's Tamilian heritage, Siva envisions a future that counteracts and examines the oppressive forms of politics, outdated cultural constructs and gender disparities that exist today.