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Apr 3 2012

In 2012, visual artist Shilo Shiv Suleman started Fearless in response to the powerful protests that shook the country in response to the “Nirbhaya” tragedy in Delhi, India.
The work of Fearless Collective is to turn up at moments of national fear and trauma and make space for collective imagination, creative thinking, social discourse and beauty amidst crisis and emergency. We have been at the frontline of crucial moments of resistance in South Asia, including Shaheen Bagh in 2020 and most recently at the Gotagogama protest site in Sri Lanka in June 2022.
We believe given the ugliness of oppressions we fight, the creation of beauty is an act of resistance
We have created over 40 public monuments in 16 countries, working with communities most invisible or marginalized – including Muslim and Dalit women in India, Indegenous communities in Brazil and North America, communities affected by gang violence in Pakistan, Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and queer communities in Tunisia and Indonesia as they reclaim these public spaces with the images and affirmations they choose.
Fearless is fiscally sponsored by Social Good Fund, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit in USA, and accepts donations, grants and institutional partnerships and support.
We have presented our work at AWID as one of the youngest feminist groups to lead a plenary, at the Global Forum of Democracy, Stockholm Institute of Peace, United States Institute of Peace, Cop26 and more showcasing our unique approach to peacebuilding and conflict mitigation through participative art.
Fearless’ work has been featured in National Geographic, United States Institute of Peace, Glasgow Live, The Sunday Times,and Vice.
We dream of hundreds of women on the streets, brushes in their hands, facilitating critical social justice conversations with communities, transforming them into art, and reclaiming public space.
We are facilitating this movement through an ambassador programme, training the next generation of fearless leaders from across South Asia, along with open source methodologies, artist residencies, workshops and capacity building for young artists seeking to engage with social or environmental justice.

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