‘Drawing has the ability to do what a human eye can’t.’
I am Kaanchi Chopra, an 18-year-old artist and activist from Delhi, India. I am currently pursuing a BFA degree in Industrial Design from Rhode Island School of Design in the United States.
I have been drawing ever since I knew how to hold pencils and crayons, which makes it almost fifteen to sixteen years ago. I was 10 when I made my first painting on a social issue – Female infanticide. Since then there has been no stopping for me. Over the years I have drawn on various issues, starting from environmental affairs like pollution to covering psychological topics like mind chaos, from global problems like poverty to the infamous subjects like body shaming.
‘Doodles are a representation of what my mind thinks subconsciously, they are like my brain’s DNA.’
I am passionate about using art for social good and hence, I call myself an ardent artivist. I strive to make an impact with my artworks so, every illustration has a moral, some meaning and a message linked to which is capable of driving social change and awareness.
Artivism is an amalgamation of 2 words – art and activism. An artivist uses her/his artistic talents to fight and struggle against injustice and oppression—by any medium necessary. The artivist merges commitment to freedom and justice with the pen, the lens, the brush, the voice, the body, and the imagination.
This project comprises of the various drawings, illustrations, digital artworks, sculptures, political cartoons and paintings I have made to raise awareness about global problems. I usually provide in-depth analysis and solutions along with the issue.
With my passion for art and reason to act, I have reached out to 22,000 people in 125 different countries. This is an ongoing, everlasting project. I wish to cover as many issues as possible to bring about change in people’s perspectives.
‘Activism is my rent for living on this planet’
Our imagination has the ability to go far beyond the limits imposed by inequalities, in order to visualise a truth much bigger than our gender, our race, and our place of origin. My imagination taught me that I could dream of being an artist and an activist. My imagination aided me to passionately pursue Artivism. My imagination is my key to liberation.
‘Art, artists, and culture have been crucial to virtually every successful movement for social and policy change in our society.
There is no discipline that nurtures and sparks the cognitive ability to imagine and unleashes creativity and innovation, more than arts and culture.
There is no approach that breaks barriers, connects across cultural differences, and engages our shared values more than arts and culture.
There is no investment that connects us to each other, moves us to action, and strengthens our ability to make collective choices more than arts and culture.’