Indu Harikumar, an artist, illustrator and storyteller, has crowdsourced her on-going art project ‘Body of Stories’ and the idea of the project is quite interesting. She has aksed people to share their stories and not just any story, she wants people to share their exprerience and views about their own body. One of the lines under the submission guidelines reads ‘I would also love to receive your stories on slut shaming, sexual agency, cultural stigma, sexuality, racism, off-limit behaviours, dating, marriage, abortion, period stigma, abuse, social conditioning, coming out, disability, disease, and so on.’
The one below talks about ‘parenting done right’. Aptly titled ‘Raising a boy in a man’s world’, the story behind this painting is of a woman from Delhi, who shares how she and her husband never stopped their six-year-old son from choosing between toys labelled ‘pink’ and blue’. They just let their son be.
The artwork below speaks about how a woman was shamed for her small breasts and how she was bullied in college and called names. But slowly, she found her lost confidence, accepted herself and even started loving her body.