Upping the Aunty

June 9, 2016 14 comments

Where my aunties at? Urban Dictionary has defined the South Asian “aunty” as everything from the “Indian-Sub Continent equivalent of a MILF” to an “annoying desi middle aged woman who likes to spew virtue to younger desis. Most potent in the company of other aunties.” (A desi is a person of South Asian descent.) Canadian graphic artist Meera Sethi provides a more nuanced portrayal by celebrating the personal style and honoring unique character of these vibrant women in “Upping the Aunty”. Through photographs and paintings, Sethi provides a platform for the iconic aunties who play an important role in shaping immigrant South Asian communities.

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Paintings in the collection “Upping the Aunty”

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Socks with sandals – popular aunty garb

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The fanny pack aunty

Sethi takes her project to the masses with Upping the Aunty: the Colouring Book. Coloring books are no longer just for kids. This coloring book features the fashion, fun and fearlessness of the aunty generation. It’s a great way to connect with your inner child and South Asian culture.

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Upping the Aunty cover art

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Her photographs and paintings are on display from May 31 – July 15, 2016 at Daniels Spectrum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. And for those of you who would like to follow her project as it develops, visit her Tumblr. If you’d like to participate in the project, post a photo on your social network account with the hashtag #uppingtheaunty and tell her about it at [email protected].

Purchase Upping the Aunty: The Colouring Book here for $20 CAD (about $16 USD).

All images courtesy of Meera Sethi.

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