Illustrated collection of poems

More than Skin Deep, a project initiated in 2018 as part of ArtsPositive,  is a collection of illustrated poems dedicated to those who aspired to be more than just survivors.

Foundation from More Than Skin Deep project, ArtsPositive
Foundation from More Than Skin Deep project, ArtsPositive

Inspired by the real life stories of courage and resilience of fifteen women, who faced the horrific act of acid attack in their lives, this campaign aims to challenge stereotypes and incite change. Through a collection of illustrations and poems, artist Debasmita Dasgupta and I creatively explore ideas of what beauty and success look like. Their combined creative expression is a homage to the strength of these fifteen fearless women and their capacity to redefine discussions around violence against women.

Lady Justice from More Than Skin Deep project, ArtsPositive
Lady Justice from More Than Skin Deep project, ArtsPositive

Besides the illustrated poems, the campaign also showcases fifteen inspiring true stories of each woman crafted by writer Isha Bhattacharya. These stories are interspersed with examples and data from a number of countries to give an idea of what needs to be done in order to prevent the act of acid attacks.

Part inspiration, part information, this campaign hopes to create a climate of sensitivity in which it is possible for change to happen. You can download the posters and read more about the project on ArtsPositive.