XXY Magazine Needs You To Know These 5 Artists x Activists

XXY Magazine Needs You To Know These 5 Artists x Activists

In the current political climate, it is more important than ever for artists to engage in activism. These five up-and-coming artists do just that through their artwork, campaigning and support for charities. And what else would we support, if not that?

XXY is dedicated to supporting emerging creatives and we have picked the following 5 artists as their work draws attention to important political issues and movements.

Hunter Schafer

When Hunter Schafer isn’t illustrating for Rookie, she is campaigning for transgender rights. Last year she went to the courts to dispute a North Carolina law that prohibited transgender people from using the correct bathroom for their gender identity.

Wilson Oryema

Model-artist-activist Wilson Oryema works with the Black Cultural Archives’ Youth Forum, which aims to preserve Black British heritage. He also volunteers for Raise the Roof, a charity focusing on locally run projects in Kenya.

Diva Maguy

Diva Maguy

Exiled from her home country, Lebanon, after being secretly recorded performing in drag, Diva Maguy is a performance artist and fashion designer who hopes to help other LGBT refugees around the world.

Sophia Tassew

Sophia Tassew’s work focuses on intersectional feminism. She aims to take elements of Riot Grrl and punk movements and recreate them to make them more inclusive and intersectional.

Sophie Tassew

Fan Popo

Fan Popo

Fan Popo is a filmmaker standing up for LGBT rights in China. One of his films documented the reactions of passersby to gay couples getting their wedding photos taken. His work also focuses on the trans community in China.

Written by Sophie Wilson,

Junior Editor

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Hunter Schafer