The Power of the Poster, Pink Chaddi and Patriarchy

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by Shilo Shiv Suleman on Thursday, March 14, 2013

Visual Arts + Design

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Shilo Shiv Suleman is a children's book illustrator and app designer by day, but by night she designs anti-patriarchal posters and graffiti. In this ten minute talk, she'll present to us the Power of a poster in Social movements across the world through her collective campaign- "Fearless" ( and her work with re-interpreting and rewriting world mythologies related to women in a series of graphic novels.


Fearless is a growing collective of over 250 Artists and Designers that have responded to the Delhi Gang Rape and India’s feminist wave with BEAUTIFUL affirmations of Fearlessness and Courage in the form of Posters.

Fear is counterproductive to the change India needs to see. This is why Shilo Shiv Suleman started the fearless campaign as a way for women to use their art to reaffirm fearless feminine freedom. We believe that we can change the way Indian women are projected by mainstream media, and create a vision that is Unafraid and Real.

What started as one poster, has turned into a collective of over 250 artists across the country and hundreds of submissions now being exhibited around the world.

Speaker bio

Shilo Shiv Suleman is an Indian illustrator, animator and visual artist based in the city of Bangalore. Her primary area of interest is visual storytelling through multiple mediums. She illustrated her first book for children at the age of 16 and has illustrated and published 8 others since with some of the most well known publishing houses in India. She has also been actively involved in setting up community art projects and collectives that get people to appreciate and create street art in their surroundings as well as use art and design to bring socially relevant issues in India to the forefront.

Last year, at only 22 years of age, she was chosen by TED and Levi's as an ambassador of the 'Shape of Things to Come' - one of three Indian women to be felicitated with this honour at the TED Global Conference 2011, Edinburgh. In 2010 she was selected for an INK fellowship for her work as a young innovator in her field and now continues her work with the community as their Featured Artist of the Year. She was also one of the youngest speakers at the WIRED UK conference and at DLD 2012 in Munich. She recently launched a series of interactive fantasy narratives for children on the iPad called Khoya, an experiment with the links between magic, earth and technology as well as the potential that touch has as a new integral part of storytelling. It attempts to use new and mobile technologies like Augmented Reality and the iPad to bring out the fantasy in an Indian contemporary story and create interactions that make you actively seek out natural environments. Khoya has been showcased even before it's completion to Steve Wozniak in Bangalore and presented at Wired UK and the INK conference.

In her spare time, she gypsies around the world creating watercolour wonderlands and believes in Love, Magical Realism and Beauty. Shilo's INKtalk on has received over 800,000 views and counting!