11 inspiring creatives to follow on Instagram
Can you name four freedoms that each and every one of us are entitled to? We collaborated with an incredible list of 11 artists, creatives and campaigners to increase awareness of our basic freedoms as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Many young people are unaware of their human rights, so we want to inspire them to learn, understand and claim their rights and freedoms through a new lens. So we broke them down into four essential freedoms:
Our favourite creatives have brought these freedoms to life through creating content that reflects their personal connections to a freedom of their choice. Check them out below!
Anshika Khullar (they/them @aorists)
Anishika also known as Aorists is an award-winning Indian, non-binary transgender artist with an interest in intersectional feminist narratives. In addition to their editorial and literary projects, Anshika has appeared as a guest speaker and created video content for the Tate.
Antony Amourdoux (he/him @antony_amourdoux)
Antony was a Great British Bake Off 2018 contestant and remains a passionate baker. Antony was born in Pondicherry, India, where he learned to bake with his father. He supports a number of causes including LGBTQ rights.
Basma Khalifa (she/her @basmakhalifa)
A Sudanese multi-disciplinary creative and hosts the 'Unpretty Podcast' which discusses perceptions of beauty through the lens of people of colour. Basma has worked with BBC1, BBC3, Facebook, Apple and Vice.
Bee Illustrates (they/them @beeillustrates)
A queer illustrator and creative currently based in London, Bee uses their platform to share distinctive, quirky illustrations paired with short essays to educate, empower and inform on a range of important topics. Primarily focusing on mental health, Queerness, Feminism and current affairs, Bee's aim is to make complex theory and difficult subjects accessible and palatable for the modern millennial and Gen-Z audience. As well as creating incredible art, Bee recently graduated from The University of Edinburgh with a First Class Ba(Hons) in Illustration, having also completed courses in Queer Studies and Social Anthropology.
Das Penman (they/she @das.penman)
Das started their Instagram page during lockdown as a means of creative expression but it has since grown into a safe space for discussions about politics, mental health and everything in between. Das combines a passion for drawing with current affairs to create the “Daisy Mail”, a round-up of news stories to help followers stay informed.
Jacob V Joyce (they/them @jacobvjoyce)
They are a non-binary artist with a focus on queer and decolonial narratives. Joyce’s work ranges from afro-futurist world building workshops to mural painting, comic books, performance art and punk music.
Jaz O’Hara (she/her @theworldwidetribe)
A motivational speaker, podcaster and the founder of The Worldwide Tribe, an organisation supporting refugees and asylum seekers globally.
Jess (she/her @thechroniciconic)
Jess campaigns about the unseen injustices around disability, mental health and neurodiversity by sharing both her lived experience and the voices of others. Jess' goal is to destigmatise and normalise conversations on these subjects.
Joy Yamusangie (they/them @joyyamusangie)
Joy specialises in illustration, experimenting with a range of processes to produce mixed media pieces. Joy explores themes of memory, intimacy, race and culture from a personal perspective. "I've been reading lot about the very near effects of climate change, which can be quite overwhelming and leave you feeling helpless. With this artwork I wanted to think about visualising a green future, and how imagining that can give us the determination to change our present actions so that the imagined could one day be reality."
Radam Ridwan (they/them @radamridwan)
A queer non-binary multi-disciplinary artist of Indonesian heritage. Radam's work centres on QTIPOC empowerment and has been published internationally with features in VICE, Vogue Italia, gal-dem and Gay Times. "For me, the right to rebellion is inextricably linked to the right to be joyful. We rebel against the powerful in order to express ourselves fully, wholly, completely. And ultimately, be filled to the brim with joy.
With this art piece, I hoped to exhibit the power and necessity of Queer Joy, and that Queer Joy is Rebellion in and of itself.”
Tahmina Begum (she/her @tahminaxbegum)
A journalist and has featured in HuffPostUK, Women’s Health, I-D, Dazed, Refinery29, Glamour, The Independent, Metro, The i and gal-dem. She covers a wide scope of topics centring around the lives of Muslim women and women of colour.
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