Vaidehi Kinkhabwala is a multi-disciplinary artist who grew up in India, and now lives and works in New York City. She received her MFA in Studio Art from Montclair State University in 2010. Bicultural experiences, gender disparity and struggle ensuing from the transition to America have fundamentally shaped her recent work.
The Female Rage: This topic has come up in various conversations off and on. I have struggled with certain labels since the longest time: Fat, Shy, Hater, Too much, Drama Queen!
As a child, and even into my late teens, I used to be an introvert ,and I have only found my voice in the past decade. I was always a rebel but only been able to be unapologetic about it more recently. Finding that liberation and freedom has not come easy though. However, it has contributed to personal growth in a phenomenal way as I am now finally able to breathe.
A lot of time you are labelled a trouble maker if you refuse to inherit the silence and complicity of the rest which ironically make them seem more respectable. The point I’m trying to make is that I found my authentic voice after accepting all of these labels as part of an evolution.
Historically, change has only been brought forth by people who choose to speak up and create trouble. I have been working on this series of posters since the killing of George Floyd, an American victim of police brutality. It has opened my eyes towards huge ongoing injustices. The incident completely shook me and made me aware of my own privilege. Even though there is a very long way to go, I am hopeful that with all the burden that these labels carry, there will be light at the end of the tunnel.
As more women's issues come to the forefront, don't let your voice be taken for granted. More than ever, the cultural divide of how women are treated and viewed must end. As we move forward it is easy to be disillusioned and even easier to stand your ground. If you don’t decide for yourself, someone else will make that decision. With the passing in 2020 of one of the greatest American icons (Joan Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice of the Supreme Court), who created value in dissent and critique,I feel heartbroken but want to remember that she said to “tune out” thoughtless and unkind words.
This series of posters is called FURIA, narrating a collective consciousness, messages, desires, or dreams that circulate in society.