Sultana's Reality is an animated project by artist Afrah Shafiq which Aastha assisted in the installation of. Sultana's Reality, as exhibited at the Kochi Muziris Biennale, is an installation, conceptualising the relationship between women and books in India. GIFs, music, videos, statistics, comics, and little hidden notes of history are used to portray the stories of women who challenged societal conventions – there’s Kashibai Kanitkar, the first female Marathi novelist, Anandibai Joshi, the first Indian woman to get a degree in Western medicine, and Savitribai Phule, who started the first school for Indian girls in Maharashtra, among other revolutionary women.

At the Kochi Muziris Biennale, 2018, the fourth edition, Sultana's Reality was exhibited as an immersive installation, where a glowing geometric grid was painted onto the walls to create the feeling of being inside a video game while the viewer could sit at a school-desk style table and interact with the projection on the screen before them

roles: installation production, publication design 

areas: installation art, immersive art, interactive installation

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