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This Artist Is Making Period Art To Protest In The Most Peaceful ‘Man’ner

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  •  July 10, 2017

 

I know many people who are uncomfortable discussing periods and prefer switching the channel if it’s telecasting a sanitary napkin advertisement. Ever wondered why does it happen so often in India?

It’s solely due to the lack of information we have about menstruation. Periods are still considered a taboo, something which shouldn’t be discussed among humans beings.

In order to change the sad scenario in his own small way, Artist Rajkamal has taken to social media to educate people, both men, and women, about issues that are troubling the Indian women in general.

We spoke to the Artist and Art Consultant who calls his Instagram handle ‘The Legend of Raj.’

How effectively, according to you, can art speak to people?

My father was a painter and my childhood was spent in Kolkata. You can now imagine what impact art and culture have on me. I have always expressed through art. When I started publishing my work online, I noticed how people from different backgrounds and interests could understand my unspoken thoughts and relate to them. I like it when artists bring up social messages through their work. It is such a humble way to protest against something you don’t like.

What triggered you to speak on behalf of women?

Their lack of access to basic life needs. How sad it is that about 80% Indian women cannot afford to buy sanitary napkins. How sad that our government has levied 12% tax on sanitary pads whereas condoms and contraception are tax-free. The poor are already underprivileged in many ways and we are only adding to their misery.

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241 Likes, 8 Comments – busy starting a fight. (@the_legend_of_raj) on Instagram: “#instagood #art #delhigram #artwork #arte #picoftheday #drawingoftheday #photooftheday #typography…”

I might not be able to change things physically, but I am hopeful my art will create a ripple effect.

I like what you did with a tampon there.

Oh, that! It was the first time in my life that I held a tampon in my hands. I used red ink to portray blood stains. I wanted to show how menstruation gives life to so many things around us.tampon art tampon art tampon art tampon art tampon art tampon art tampon art

What was the reaction of your male friends?

Shockingly, they had never heard of tampons and it was only after the pictures I posted that they got to know about other sanitary products available in the market apart from pads.

What else, other than menstruation, do you like illustrating?

It can be any topic bothering the human race like body shaming, racism, depression, inequality, harassment, etc.

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77 Likes, 2 Comments – busy starting a fight. (@the_legend_of_raj) on Instagram: “#instagood #art #delhigram #artwork #arte #picoftheday #drawingoftheday #photooftheday #instaholic…”

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116 Likes, 1 Comments – busy starting a fight. (@the_legend_of_raj) on Instagram: “#instagood #art #delhigram #artwork #arte #picoftheday #drawingoftheday #photooftheday #instaholic…”

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91 Likes, 3 Comments – busy starting a fight. (@the_legend_of_raj) on Instagram: “#instagood #art #delhigram #artwork #arte #picoftheday #drawingoftheday #photooftheday #instaholic…”

Will you be creating more period-art? What’s your mission?

Yes, I will keep generating interesting stuff. My mission is to tell them that there is nothing gross about periods or period blood. Second, men must understand that menstruating women are also beautiful. Blood flow doesn’t make them impure in any way. It is, in fact, the highest form of life.

Are you a fan of Raj’s work, already? Let him know in the comments below!

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