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Aqui Thami uses art as a medium for storytelling, believing that it can truly empower individuals and communities. Through zines, performances and direct action, Thami often collaborates with women and children from different neighborhoods, in order to construct a politically and socially engaged art practice. While particularly interested in aboriginal issues in various geopolitical and historical contexts, Aqui questions cultural structures of power through the lens of feminism, anti-racism, and activism. Her work is rooted in the methods of DIY and grounded in the act of ‘doing’. She takes a special interest in zinemaking as well. Aqui is a first generation indigenous artist and academic from Darjeeling, based in Bombay. Self-taught, she is part of the art collective Bombay Underground and founder of the Dharavi Art Room. She is also pursuing a Doctoral degree at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai and was the one of the Inlaks Fine Art Awardees for 2018.