The Fearless Collective

Shilo is a visual artist with a focus on the intersection of magical realism, art for social change and technology. In most recent years, she has been engaging with biofeedback technology, and the interaction between the body and art. Shilo has created large scale installations that beat with your heart, apps that react to your brainwaves and sculptures that glow with your breath.

She is also the founder and director of The Fearless Collective a collective of over 400 artists across India, Pakistan and Nepal who work with socially relevant community art in public spaces with a focus on human rights issues. The Fearless Collective works with marginalized communities of women and children across South Asia on understanding issues within the community and using art as a medium of dialogue and reclamation in public space. The workshops Shilo leads with the Fearless Collective are at the intersection between art and activism and art therapy. Over the years they have worked with children rescued from sex trafficking, people affected by severe gang violence in Karachi and the transgender Hijra community in Pakistan. They have also worked on rebuilding and reclaiming public spaces post the Nepal earthquake by creating collaborative murals with the community that tell their stories of resistance.

In 2016, Ixoraa Knowledge Foundation (IKF) awarded Shilo a grant towards the payment of Fear Collectives’ first full time employee’s salary for a period of 1 year.

Since then, Shilo’s work with the Fearless Collective, especially communities in conflict zones within India, Nepal and Pakistan has been growing. She has trained artists from Pakistan on their methodology and is already expanding this Collective to various other parts of the world.