Submission: Female Warriors by Amara Sikandar
The below works are by Pakistani designer and illustrator Amara Sikandar. We are delighted to feature this work as a lead up to our next issue which celebrates Brown Asia and brown artists. Below is a message from Amara who submitted this series of portraits around the theme of empowerment:
"At the moment, my art is heavily focused on symbolism and the human form, both of which I use to explore concepts of vulnerability, identity, anxiety, repression, and freedom. Currently, I am focused on pushing the space between line work, shapes, and painting to create a sense of fluidity, density, and form. My interests include ecology, conservation, and social equality; all of which I actively pursue in my free time, both within and outside the confines of my artistic practice.
About this work:
"This work is a series focused on women empowerment. I tried to give the women the avatar of a warrior. The white marks are inspired from African and many other tribal tattoos. Empowerment means having authority or power of doing something such as taking decisions or making some activities happen. Women are born with equal rights as men; God has not made anyone superior and inferior on basis of gender. We people make this difference and discriminations on the ground of gender. Females are always the second priority in every task. From birth to death women face many discriminations and atrocities. For abolishing this system women should be empowered. That’s why I am talking about empowering women – for a better tomorrow, for a better humanity. If you recognize some of these faces, it is simply because women have learned to lead, have challenged existing norms of society and have taken a proactive role in changing traditions and rewriting history. Surely, women empowerment is a reality."
Amara is an Illustrator, a graphic designer and a street photographer with an MFA in Visual Communication. She lives in Pakistan.