Rajni Perera's stunning sci-fi neo-Amazonians — in pictures

Sri Lankan born and Toronto based visual artist Rajni Perera’s work calls upon a number of visual references including, sci-fi, manga, Rajput and Mughal miniaturisim, Blaxploitation, Afrofuturism, paleontology, futurism, magical realism, scientific illustration and Tantric art. I find myself drawn to her aesthetic, this type of layered visual landscape that speaks across a galaxy of inspirations, illustrating the complexity and nuance of Diasporic identities.

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Amanda Parris

Amanda Parris writes a weekly column for CBC Arts and is the host of Exhibitionists on CBC Television and Marvin's Room on CBC Radio. In her spare time, she writes plays, watches too many movies and defends Beyonce against all haters. In her past lives she wrote arts based curriculum, attended numerous acting auditions, and dreamed of being interviewed by Oprah.


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