Opashona Ghosh (b. Calcutta, 1987) uses graphic illustrations to investigate the emotional landscape of urban femininity, as well as eastern fantasies in everyday ritual. Her work often envisions women of colour in playfully sexual acts within symbolic environments. Designed to both titillate and empower, Ghosh seeks to question social and moral norms while subverting gendered expectations. When not dissecting the anatomy of the female experience, she collaborates with London and Berlin based queer parties, techno artists, and fashion labels. In Spring 2018 she completed a commission for Gucci and Frieze for their Second Summer of Love campaign with 6th Finger Studio. She is currently working on her first collaboration with Berlin-based femme forward & non-binary music collective Room 4 Resistance.
“KIN is a visual series deviced as an urgent plea for a new vocabulary of sexuality. Using erotica as a means of transcending gendered normativity and expanding agency, KIN dives into the peculiar world of fantasy as coping mechanism. Each image was a therapeutic response to a time of vulnerability and loss of faith. Over ten months in the making, the series enabled me to consciously transform feelings of shame, fear, and anger into a mindful manifesto of pleasure as an irreplaceable component of the self.”