How Multimedia Artist Anoushka David Found New Creative Energy in Lockdown

“When the lockdown wasn’t there, I had plenty of things to distract myself with,” the 22-year-old says. “I could go out, I could be with my friends, I could drink, I could do all of that. But during lockdown I was just forced in my room to deal with things that I’ve been avoiding my entire life. So one of the things [I realized] was that I had rejected myself before anyone else could. So when that happened, when I realized that, it put everything else into perspective that, instead of blaming everyone else, I needed to work on the fact that why did I reject myself? So once those layers started opening, my art started being more expressive.”

Those difficult conversations with herself have been productive and liberating. “I get my inspiration from just uncovering different layers of who I am because I’ve spent years blocking myself from that. My entire life I’ve almost felt invisible, so now I express myself through my passions, through my art. And it’s not about being seen, it’s about being me.”

Anoushka, a Christian, is among one of India’s religious minorities. Christianity in India is a politicized identity, especially under the rule of the BJP, a political party that has historically supported Hindu nationalist policy. While Anoushka uses art and style to challenge outside stereotypes about Indians being conservative, she’s also religious, two ideas that do not compete with one another for her. 

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