Born in Kerala, India, Tinu Verghis worked as a fashion model for 15 years before joining LASALLE College of the Arts for both her undergraduate & postgraduate studies. Her stint on the cover of Vogue, in the magazine’s epic foray into featuring dark skinned models, played a big part in her awakening as an artist – soon after, she left her modeling career to pursue art as a channel to address systemic injustice, social and gender inequalities.
In her practice, she uses her body as a political and poetic symbol to challenge and expand preconceived ideas surrounding systems of oppression. By re-examining cultural standards as well as the viewer’s own sexuality, she hopes to unpack misogynist ideas of how the body of a woman is over idealized, systematically abjected or subjected to intense policing. Tinu has won the Presidents Award at the International Biennial of Contemporary Art (Italy) in 2015 for her video art (Under My Skin) & The Winston Oh Travel Research Award (Singapore) in 2016.