Don't Fit In, Stand Out
L'Officiel India|June - July 2019
Don't Fit In, Stand Out

Jasjyot Singh Hans is showing mirror to the society through his illustrations. Images without conventional distortion is what it shows.

Nidhi Raj Singh

While we would like to call Jasjyot Singh Hans a non-conforming, conscious artist, he doesn’t like the baggage that comes with the word ‘artist’. So, illustrator it is for him. His art is a celebration of the human body as he tries to explore and uncover subjects such as queerness, gender, sexuality and self-love. Beginning his career with designer Sabyasachi, Jasjyot has worked with Péro by Aneeth Arora, Manish Arora as a print engineer and Suket Dhir on illustrations for his Woolmark Prize pitch. Shuttling between India and the US, Jasjyot has emerged as a formidable voice for inclusivity.

Growing up, how did you see the world?

As a kid, I guess you just see things as they are. The instinct is to think that the fault lies within us, and that we need to change. As I have grown older, and come into my own and my sexuality, I realise my point of view is unique, valid and important. I embrace and celebrate that, even in moments of self doubt. The way human body is portrayed in pop culture is problematic, especially bigger bodies. They’re always there for comic relief. I didn’t find that funny even as a kid.

When did you decide you wanted to be an illustrator?

There were never any moments of doubt. I always knew I wanted to be an animator. The idea of doing something around art was very exciting.


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June - July 2019