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  • Published at 01:36 pm March 8th, 2020

Triory breaking the shackles of society through powerful artwork

Women, since ancient times, have been given a set of standards to meet the requirements of being called “beautiful” and “feminine”. In a deeply rooted patriarchal society, where restrictions and sadistic norms existed, effective actions were necessary to break the shackles. In the process, writers wrote, directors directed films and artists made art, in order to convey the message. 

One of the many artists who has been successful in conveying this message, is a 26 year-old young artist named Waseka Nahar. The image called “Dark and Lovely” went viral on social media and familiarized with a perception they never had before. The illustration was of a girl holding a face cream, called “Dark & Lovely”. The image depicts that even women with a dark skin tone can raise the bar of “beauty” -- unlike “Fair & Lovely”, that only promotes fair skin as the only eligible beauty standard. 

By the pen-name, Triory, Waseka uses this as a platform to express herself. Ever since she learnt how to hold a brush, Waseka never stopped painting. She has used many forms to express herself, but always stuck to digital media as it’s her favourite medium. Realizing her passion for Art & Graphics, Waseka decided to pursue it as a career. Currently, she is working as a designer at Asiatic JWT.   

Triory’s work explores different social matters such as women’s rights and mental health. Her viral work, “Dark and Lovely”, was a collaborative work with Zainab Anwar, that focused on the South Asian taboo of dark-skinned women. “This art piece resonated with millions of women in the region, and thus, it went viral,” said Waseka. This art work gave her the opportunity to step on stage at TEDxEMWS Mumbai and talk about her art. Moving forward, she hopes to create more impactful artworks on social issues, which would ultimately lead towards a better and kinder society.

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