Priya Taneja, Delhi
Priya Taneja is an undergraduate architecture student of Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women. She is a self-taught artist who believes that anyone can become an artist. “There is more to art than technique, it requires passion, patience and the eagerness to express, to create art.” She is also a programmer who thinks great things can be achieved when science and art are converged. Apart from that, she is a self-proclaimed feminist and animal rights activist, currently volunteering for a non-profit organisation, working for welfare of stray animals and animal rights.
What role can art play in making a positive social impact by solving social causes related to women? How would you contribute to WADE ASIA through art?
Actions speak louder than words and art speaks the loudest. I believe art has the ability to convey thoughts, imagination, and emotions in the most impactful way possible. It may not directly cause social change but it can sure change people from within, which I think is the first step towards social change. I can contribute by creating art for WADE ASIA visitors to impact social change and reach out to more people.
What is your best takeaway from WADE?
The main takeaway is that if we want to uplift women in our society and fight for equality then we have to motivate and give chance to other women whenever possible.
We are not competitors but a team striving for the same goal.
Your opinion on WADE ASIA and its objectives.
WADE ASIA is one of a kind and there should be more events like this for the empowerment of women designers as well as women in general.
“I believe art has the ability to convey thoughts, imagination, and emotions in the most impactful way possible.”
Why is it important to have events for women in design?
Design, Art, Architecture, and Engineering shape our society. Women in such fields representing the entire female community would have a major role in reducing gender issues gradually in the future.
Any suggestion for the future:
More men should be encouraged to be a part of WADE Asia so that WADE can reach out to more people.
What is good art according to you?
There is no such thing as good art. Art is not always supposed to be good or beautiful. It is supposed to make you feel something. It is an expression. If a bad art makes you feel bad and is supposed to do so, I would call it good art.
Note: This article was originally published on Surfaces Reporter December 2019 Issue.