Eye Art Collective is an independent artists collective founded in 2014. We are composed of student activists based in Calcutta, India. We manage an online magazine which provides a platform for independent artists and focuses on emerging counter cultures.
Aranya was born in Calcutta to a communist family with a history zig-zagging between art and law. His work is influenced by his family’s political history which is deeply entrenched in the history of Indian independence, and the writings of Peter Kropotkin, George Orwell, Che Guevara, Noam Chomsky, Bhagat Singh and other revolutionaries. Aranya was introduced first to feminism by his grandmother, but he truly grasped it as a concept in his sociology classes and during long conversations with Manisha, with whom he co-founded Eye Art Collective, an artivist collective and webzine, in 2014. He has been drawing and doodling for as long as he can remember. Much of his work tries to show the darker sides of human nature, particularly of different kinds of oppressors, be it men or kings. Even more of it is just silly doodling. Aranya’s interests include feminism, art, psychonautics, sociology, Buddhism, permaculture and Eye Art Collective. He is currently reading the biography of Assata Shakur.
Manisha Ganguly is a part-time writer and full-time feminist. For most of her life, she has been seen carrying around a large hammer to smash patriarchy with. She is more partial to cats than to people and hates social interaction unless you want to talk to her about feminist art/literature/politics, kyriarchy, animal rights, post-modernism and Assata Shakur. She writes poetry, a bit of prose fiction, is passionate about investigative journalism, and is currently the Chief Editor of the webzine managed by Eye ArtCollective, a feminist artivist (art-activist) collective she co-Founded with Aranya Gupta in 2014. She has organized events such as Hysteria Fem Con 2015, spoken on panels about gender and sexual politics, and is the administrator of Guerilla Feminism India.