Thenmozhi Soundararajan is a transmedia artist who believes story is the most important unit of social change. Through her work she explores the possibilities of liberation while also experimenting in the ways stories change over platforms, languages, borders, and dreams
Growing up Dalit-American, Thenmozhi was driven to tell the stories of marginalized communities. Upon graduating from UC Berkeley, she founded the international media training organization Third World Majority, and spearheaded digital storytelling seminars in the U.S., France, Tunisia, Venezuela, Brazil, South Africa, and India - in total over 300 communities around the world. In 2003, she was featured in Utne Reader as one of the “Top Visionaries Under 30”, and profiled in The Source as one of the “Top Ten Political Forces in Hip Hop”. She was also in residence at the MIT Center for Reflective Community Practice, writing about future narratives. That research inspired her transition to becoming a transmedia creator and her training at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Thenmozhi’s work has been recognized by Producers Guild of America Diversity Program, Magnum Foundation, Soros Photography Project, Lincoln Center, Women in the World Summit, Daily Beast, Elle India, Producers Guild of America Diversity Program, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Annenberg Innovation Center, Slamdance, MIT Center for New Media Studies, The Sorbonne, The Hague, V-Day, The National Center for the Humanities, The National Science Foundation, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Utne Reader, The National Center for the Humanities, The National Science Foundation, and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. She is currently an inaugural Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellow.