Vivek Shraya


New interview w/ Jesse Wente (NOW Magazine)

posted on 28 August 2018 at 7:25 pm

“I like the idea of weaponizing one’s entitlement for those who don’t have it, but entitlement is often connected to the self. If I feel entitled, it’s often for me, and seldom on behalf of a group of people. And if people with power feel entitled to act or speak on behalf of a marginalized group, perhaps they shouldn’t (there is an important distinction here between using your privilege to amplify or support marginalized voices, and feeling entitled to do so). While privilege is often an advantage that is bestowed, entitlement, however unconscious, is socially and self-constructed. And so, unlike privilege, the work around entitlement should be less about redirecting it and more about destroying it altogether.”

Full interview.

Vanity Fair

posted on 27 August 2018 at 7:23 pm

“Vivek Shraya Transforms Her Long-Festering Fears of Men into Cultural Rocket Fuel”

Full interview.

New interview on Bitch

posted on 24 August 2018 at 2:16 pm

“I am curious [about] what would happen on a communal level if queer and trans people didn’t constantly have to bear the burden of claiming to be resilient on top of experiencing oppression. What if saying ‘I’m afraid’ was just as much of a statement of resilience as ‘I’m not afraid?'”

Full interview w/ Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore.

New interview @ Ace Hotel New York

posted on 8 August 2018 at 11:24 pm

“To encounter Vivek Shraya’s work for the first time — poetry, music, performance, film, art, books — is akin to falling in love. That back of neck tingle; the recognition that we’re bodies built from emotion; that we all have a deep impulse toward call and response; and, like with any compassionate love, it beckons an opportunity to be our best selves and carry that into the world. Shraya, a Toronto-based powerhouse investigating identity, gender, race, place and everything in between, creates work that nips at the margins, tears at seams and is comfortable asking more questions than it can answer.”

Full interview.