The Red Wall Project

The Red Wall with testimonials from queer people – Arthouz gallery, Coimbatore

For more than an year now, the team of Sahodari has been interviewing hundred of transgender and gender non conforming people including People living with HIV (PLHIV), talking to them to about their lives in depth. We are asking them to write testimonials on the physical and sexual violence inflicted on them because of their gender expressions and health status. We found that every transgender person whom we interviewed has been been sexually molested, abused or exploited at least once in their lives. Transgender people from the states of Tamilnadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Delhi and West Bengal have participated in this project.

The Participants write their experiences on a think handmade paper followed by a red painted palm impression of their right or left hand. With the consent of the participants, we exhibit these testimonials at public galleries at public venues like colleges, universities and public art galleries.

The aim of the project is to seek justice for the victims by bringing to public the injustice done to them. We encourage participants to write the names of the persons who had harmed them.

We invite the public and the media to come and read the testimonials to know, understand and empathise with the experiences transgender people have endured in their life journeys because of their gender expressions.

Founder of the project Kalki Subramaniam (third from right) with her team mates (left to right) Smita Avimukta, Sowndharya Gopi and V. Kanchana.

We particularly are very involved in taking this project as an exhibition and show it to young people around the world in galleries, colleges, universities and other academic institutions. We also invite panelist speakers from human rights background to speak about justice for the community.

Media Coverages:

Times of India

Art for Voiceless – An exhibition of protest

These canvases will speak back to you

An artistic project that helps transgender people with colours

The Hindu

When transgender people tell their stories through art


Shut Up! – The Red Wall protest art show by transgender people

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