Visual artist Opashona Ghosh captures the innately colourful spirit of rave
Born in Calcutta, India but creatively raised in London and the artisan disciplines of Hackney Wick, visual artist Opashona Ghosh has a style which exudes with community and colour.
There’s a warmth and vibrancy to her work which she credits to late night and early mornings navigating the dancefloors of London and Berlin – absorbing the inherently progressive atmosphere and embracing the values of a non-confrontational, non-judgemental space.
“I taught myself how to draw to make a poster for a friend in 2016,” she tells us via email, reflecting on the spark that began her creative pursuit. “I didn’t quite realise the impact it would have on my life.”
As Ghosh continued to develop her craft, the values of club culture bloomed for her a subject area – prompting explorations in to mental and physical health, as well as the intersection of body, community and trauma.
While her visual language clearly lifts from the luminescent tones and instant gratification of rave flyers, the messages she is communicating have grown into something deeper – she is committed to supporting queer artists in her community and uses her eye-catching motifs as drivers for activism.
Ghosh describes her credo clearly in conversation, “tying in my love for techno with sex positive queer parties and supporting fem spaces.” It’s a bright, kinetic energy which permeates her portfolio.