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Illustrator, Graphic Recorder & Book Designer

Date & Time

Friday Fri, 26 May 2023


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

Please Note: Wearing a mask is mandatory for this session as per the artist’s request.

6 pm | Sonaksha Pop Up – Postcards, Prints and Books

6:30 pm | Paints, Pillows and Pain | Talk

When Sonaksha returned to art after years of hiding their paint and pencils, they had some new diagnoses, chronic pain, and barely even believed they were real. Everything constantly felt like a bad dream – one they couldn’t exit.

They began befriending their art supplies as a way to remember to breathe between panic attacks. But slowly, sitting and making art not only became a way for them to make space to hold what came up inside them, but also opened doors to have conversations with others. Over the years their art practice has expanded personally and professionally, but continues to be grounded in exploring ways of using art making to process and document their experiences of mental health, queerness, and gender among other things.

Through the talk, Sonaksha will share the ways they’ve been able to navigate depression, anxiety, depersonalisation and fibromyalgia flare ups through illustrating, painting and drawing – while using their bed as the headquarters. They’ll also take us through their learnings from the disability justice movement, their crip queer families and their work across social justice movements.

The talk will be followed by a space for questions and reflections.



Illustrator, Graphic Recorder & Book Designer

Sonaksha is a fat, queer, chronically ill and disabled illustrator, graphic recorder and book designer.

Through their queer feminist artistic practice, they examine gender, sexuality, community, care and body image; and address disability justice, mental health and intersectional feminism. They use art, graphic recording, illustration, animation and zine making as tools to contribute to, and participate in social and climate justice movements across the world.

Sonaksha has worked with various organisations to visually highlight and archive the work of activists and human rights defenders, including FRIDA – The Young Feminist Fund, Association for Progressive Communications, CREA, Women’s Fund Asia, Oxfam, RESURJ, and Urgent Action Sister Funds among others. They have also worked with companies like Adobe, Twitter and Instagram to bring their visual language of care-filled justice to these spaces. Their work has appeared and been featured in several publications including: BuzzFeed, Al Jazeera, Bustle, The Hindu and The Nib. When they are not at their desk, they are often found in the aisles of Bangalore bookstores, or eating paint.