The artwork of Shirien Damra has risen like a phoenix out of the protests in support of #BlackLivesMatter, following the death of George Floyd. Her beautiful illustrations appear to be today’s answer to Frida Kahlo’s activist artwork, a way to point to what’s important in our world framed by color, grace and elegance.
“As someone who has done social justice work for many years, I think there are clear things we organise against,” Shirien tells Cosmo.
“One thing that I have found we struggle with is actually imagining the things we want.” Adding that, “art allows us to imagine the society we're building toward.”
On Instagram, she continues to use her art to provoke conversations, from a personal reflection on the Holy month of Ramadan, to the more recent support of the BLM movement, and many nuances of social responsibility in between.
“My art brings together my passion for self-care, healing, and social justice to re-envision the world I want to live in. The process of creating art is healing as is the experience of sharing and experiencing it.”
These days her stunning artistic revolt deals with anything from Women’s Rights, to urging people to vote, but her most emotional work undoubtably remains those portraits of victims of police violence.
“I hope to use my art to inspire others to take care of themselves and one another, and to be able to imagine and strive toward a better world.”