Elle Spotlights Alum Renluka Maharaj

Artist Renluka Maharaj is staring into the camera and wearing gold jewelry in front of a black background.

Renluka Maharaj. Image courtesy of the artist

Renluka Maharaj. Image courtesy of the artist

Artist and alum Renluka Maharaj [15] (MFA 2017) recently spoke [16] with Elle about decolonizing narratives, returning to her roots, and finding one’s voice in art. Maharaj is an Indo-Caribbean artist who transforms the archives of a French photographer who captured Indian women laborers through a culturally appropriated lens, turning the photos into a colorful, powerful reimagining. “It became important that I lift [the women] out of these archives and re-present them in a respectful, beautiful, engaging, and confronting way. Given my fragmented history, any one of these women could be a relative and I felt it was my responsibility to protect them,” Maharaj shared.

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