Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Rupa Subramaniam (b.1989) is a creative professional based in Kuala Lumpur.
Since 2014, she has been developing communal art project that get disseminated through digital platforms. Her take on Hindu Goddesses protesting body policing, “This Body is Mine” (2017) reached more than 2 million views worldwide.
Rupa’s experience in digital media strategy, since 2009, sets her apart in the creative industry for her ability to strategize clear communication messages and analyse big data. She has won numerous advertising awards including Aegis Global Award (Gold, 2012), and multiple Malaysia Media Awards (2010 – 2014).
Her works, while very accessible, do not sacrifice depth. Her projects have been exhibited in Global Movement of Arts in World Humanities Conference Belgium, National Arts Gallery of Malaysia, Freedom Film Festival, among others.
More recently, Rupa was listed as Women of the Year from Marie Claire (2019), Female (2019) and Prestige’s Top 40 Under 40 for verbalizing alternative stories through art and championing empowerment for the community.
She is the founder of Art Battle MY (2016), and is currently working on a documentary, Antidote: Uncovering Skin & Soul (2018), while leading the #BananaLeaf2020 Art Collective, and volunteers with GoodKids to develop young visual artists.