Anima Jhagroe-Ruissen is as a social artivist (combination of art and activism). She is of 4th generation Indian, 2nd generation Surinam and Dutch descent. In her dance and henna-art she explores and challenges dominant narratives by unveiling underlying processes, mechanisms and interests. Examples are nuanced forms of exclusion of women of colour in the work place or the usage of the brown female body as a form of exotification. Anima unravels these dynamics to tell marginalized stories, through (interactive) exhibitions, productions and performances.
She hereby wants to create spaces of resistance to pursue social change for women of colour. Important elements in her art are diaspora communities, intersectional and decolonial approaches, materiality and her life experiences. Illustrative questions are; Which specific dynamics occur when practicing decolonial feminist art in economic spaces? And how can we (re)imagine those dynamics? How can a dupatta (South-Asian scarf) teach us about fluidity of transnational identities in a European context?