Themozhi Soundarajan

Thenmozhi Soundararajan is a New York-based transmedia artist and theorist. As one of the founders of community digital storytelling, Soundararajan has used narrative art and media to further social justice and human rights causes in the United States and abroad. With the support of entities such as the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and MIT’s Center for Civic Media, Soundararajan has brought together scholars, artists and activists to combat caste-based violence in India using transmedia narrative art through her project #Dalitwomenfight. Since 2012, she has captured the repercussions of India’s caste system on marginalized communities through the Robert Rasuchenberg project #Dalitwomenfight. These stories have since been distributed using several channels, such as through an international, multimedia campaign, a speaking tour around the United States, and in a final documentary and art exhibition (still in production). In addition to this extensive work with caste-based violence in India, Soundararajan has led many projects to document the stories of youth, communities of color, immigrants, and women in the United States. She has also written, directed, and produced a number of her own films and interactive media pieces. Examples include What Would MLK Do?, a film screened in classrooms across the country as part of a national day of action, and Love In The Time of Genocide, an interactive comic for iOS devices. Her work has been recognized by the Producers Guild of America’s Diversity Program, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicken and Egg Foundation, The Annenberg Innovation Center, Slamdance, The Sorbonne, Source Magazine, Utne Reader, The National Center for the Humanities, The National Science Foundation, The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.