Art is supposed to make you feel something.
I can’t remember where I first read or heard this statement, however, over the course of time, it has somehow stuck with me. A huge part of this can amount to the fact that, I indeed find it true and endearing. We are constantly surrounded by art, however, very few can actually understand and realise its existence. Maybe because, South Asians don’t really find productiveness in art or being an artist, for that matter.
However, things are changing. From past one week, the people on Twitter are waking up to the growing emergence of the #SouthAsianArtists trend. Started by Fatima Wajid, a design student, and illustrator, the hashtag was able to gather thousands of south Asian artists who are blessed with impeccable skills. There’s so much to see and experience on this trend, that many are not even aware of.
From illustrations to artwork on mere stones, people shared their talent on the microblogging site and we’re grateful for every one of them.
Check them out:
I’m Amal, a self taught illustrator and I love empowering women and creating a culture of love and acceptance. #SouthAsianArtists
I’m mansi, an Indian artist! I use art to show love for stories I adore, & hope to tell some of my own stories one day #SouthAsianArtists
Hello! My name is Anu and I’m an illustrator and animator from Vancouver, BC #SouthAsianArtists #DrawingWhileDesi
hi!! my name is rania, i’m a Pakistani & Muslim digital artist who loves vibrant colors & making fanart!! ✨ #SouthAsianArtists
hi friends! i’m a sri lankan illustrator drawing fanart and girls and cute things :^) love this tag!! #SouthAsianArtists
Hey! I’m Akshay–Tamil ❤️, Muslim☪️, and I love SA mythology, religion, and LGBT content. I have a webcomic called Puu! #SouthAsianArtists
SouthAsianArtists is giving me life! So inspired! Adding myself to the mix- I’m a designer and illustrator and I draw a lot of women ✨
Hey its Dilraj! , Punjabi, design/illustration/game art. Love drawing pretty things. Lost all my selfies in a fire #SouthAsianArtists
Hey I’m Kruttika-Indian illustrator + comic-maker exploring gender issues through my work: https://t.co/0aNSn5BDBE #SouthAsianArtists
After having a good look at pieces of art like these, I wonder if we would ever be able to give justice to the talent these people possess? Would we be able to bring limelight on these pieces of work? Or, would these young artists be pushed into becoming engineers and doctors for the sake of having a much better living standard than satisfactory living standard?