Viral Digital Artworks That Have Gotten Everybody Thinking

Gods taking selfies, by Adrita Das

While scouring archives of ancient art, Adrita Das found that a lot of paintings quite naturally had characters that seemed to be taking selfies. So she just photoshopped phones and selfie sticks into their hands. “The mish-mash of pop culture and visual content from the past has always connected with audiences online. I guess it’s because it makes the past more accessible and relatable.”

Badass Indian pinups, by Nimisha Bhanot

The victim-blaming following Jyoti Singh’s brutal gang rape spurred Nimisha Bhanot’s feminist art. Fusing cross-cultural references, Badass Indian Pinups thrashes the regressive, patriarchal expectations of Indian women that so anger her. Says the Indo-Canadian artist, “Living abroad doesn’t mean that we’re free. In fact, in many cases, these expectations are enforced more aggressively.”

100 Tinder tales, by Indu Harikumar

From love-at-first-swipe romances to foot fetishes, Harikumar illustrates stories from Tinder meetups across India. “I think we’re all looking for similar things online—a connection, love or sex, but in such unique ways. This has been inspiring, healing and comforting for me,” she says. Four months since she began, she continues to be deluged with extremely personal submissions.

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Being Censitive, by Akshita Chandra

When Akshita Chandra first uploaded Being Censitive to portfolio site Behance, it was flagged for adult content and taken down. After she switched to Tumblr, the series, which began as a college project and uses temple art from Khajuraho to challenge cultural censorship in India, exploded.

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