In Photos: Feminist Artwork in JNU

Walls that speak: India’s campus graffiti

Graffiti or the art of writing/painting on walls is not yet a big concept in India, though one can many new young artists picking up from their counterparts from the West and gearing up for Street Art festivals. Jawaharlal Nehru University, one of the most politically active universities based in New Delhi follows the tradition of graffiti or more accurately said wall art since ages. JNU has an old culture of open debates and intellectual discourse.

One can find wall art literally everywhere, ranging from hostel canteens to university library to various departments. Every inch of JNU walls scream art and social issues which can vary from mundane price rise to gender rights, from Naxal politics to international issues such as occupation of Palestine and rise of the global left. The wall art also serves as a running commentary on current affairs in the country and the world. To see and know more about artwork in JNU, check out this page on Facebook here.

1. Speak up/ Awaaz uthao! 

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2. WHO reports that worldwide 35% of women have experienced violence. In 21st century. Shame!

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3. Around 30 middle-aged women walked naked through Imphal to the Assam Rifles headquarters, shouting: “Indian Army, rape us too… We are all Manorama’s mothers.”

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4. A woman’s struggle in India starts right from the moment she is conceived in the womb till she dies. Female infanticide is still rampant in India.

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5. On 2 November 2000, Irom Sharmila began a hunger strike which is still ongoing. Ironically, she is also currently on trial for attempted suicide.

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6. The revolution will be feminist or it won’t be. Occupy patriarchy.

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7. We produce, we eat, we earn, we live.
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8. Sinful women will rise.
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9. We will fight till the very end.
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10. “Irrespective of how much you break me, I will rise from my own ashes.”
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Disclaimer: I do not lay claim to the artwork and neither do I support nor promote any political party.

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5 thoughts on “In Photos: Feminist Artwork in JNU

  1. If you wanted to support Irom Sharmila you can write to her directly at Irom Sharmila Chanu, Human Rights Defender, Security Ward, Jawaharal Nehru I M S, Porompat, Imphal East, Manipur 795005 India. Although the arbitraryily imposed isolation order (operational from 2004-2013) was lifted after High Court action in Xmas 2013 there are very few in Manipur who visit her. But mail does get through she doesn’t have access to the internet. There is another production warrant (the 14th) for her production at trial in Delhi 30-31 October 2014 and you could see her then. This is for information only I am not trying to irritate you. Thank you for allowing the post.

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