For artist Siona Benjamin, it’s a blue world. A color that usually signifies despair and hopelessness transforms itself into something else in her art: a symbol for equality, strength and independence.
“Very often, I look down at my skin and it has turned blue,” the Mumbai-born descendant of the Bene Israel community says of her olive complexion. “It tends to do that when I face certain situations of stereotyping and categorizing other people.”
As a result, Benjamin, 54, has created evolving incarnations of this blue-skinned character over the years, which has come to represent her own take on struggling with identity, and the many dilemmas that can result in belonging to not one, but many communities.