Aryakrishnan R is an artist and curator based in Cochin and New Delhi. They completed their MA in Visual Arts from School of Culture and Creative Expressions, Ambedkar University, Delhi, 2014. Their ongoing project ‘Sweet Maria Monument’ is a monument for a transgender activist and performer who was murdered in 2012 in Kerala, India. The project was showcased in various spaces including Clark House Mumbai (2017) and Kochi Muziris Biennale (2018) and Queer Art Festival, Vancouver (2022). The project under the Khoj Grant, Sweet Maria Monument: Queer Futures is a remaking of the monument with lgbtqia communities in Kerala exploring what queer futures look like.