14. Sohini Mukherjee

Design has the power to transcend cultural barriers, challenge the norms and encourage engagement. This body of work explores my cultural identity and displacement in the midst of a global pandemic, the experiences good or bad that comes along with it. A body of work which is anchored by traditions and culture in a global modern world. Through this thesis project I aim to create interactive work, look for accessible design tools and try to design through those constraints. I invite the audience into the act of making by providing them with tools and instructions.

Authenticity and accessibility goes hand in hand, we tend to be our most creative self with the things we take for granted. Design shouldn’t be put on a scary and unapproachable pedestal. Encouraging interaction and engagement from the audience opens it up to a bigger cultural conversation, and maybe even builds a platform for dialogue about self-awareness and societal consciousness.

This is a micro-macro view of starting the conversation about my own cultural identity and authentic self expression, in the hopes of opening up a larger conversation of design being a vessel of cultural exchange and playful exploration.