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Amruta Patilis the author of four graphic novels. Her debut work, Kari, explored themes of sexuality, friendship and death. She is heralded as India’s first female graphic novelist. Her Parva duology retells stories from the Indian epic Mahabharata using outlier narrators and an open-source visual style. The books are an ode to the oral storyteller’s tradition. Patil’s latest book, Aranyaka, features parallel strands of Vedic philosophy and intersectional feminism. She has a longstanding association with the “comic book capital” Angoulême (France). Patil was awarded a Nari Shakti award in 2017 by the President of India for “unusual work that breaks boundaries” in art and literature.
Nacha VollenweiderWorks part-time as an illustrator and graphic designer in Argentina. After graduating in painting from the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, she went to Hamburg in 2013 with an artist fellowship from DAAD (Deutscher Akademische Austauschdienst – German Academic Exchange Service) to realize a comic project at the Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg (HAW – Hamburg University of Applied Sciences) supervised by Anke Feuchtenberger. While on the fellowship, she began a master’s degree in design with a focus on illustration and comics. Her final project at the HAW was the 2016 comic essay Fussnoten (Footnotes) and made the list of ten finalists for the comic book prize of the Berthold Leibinger Foundation. The project was published in 2017 by avant-verlag (Germany), in 2018 by Maten al Mensajero (Argentina), and in 2019 by ILatina Editions (France). In 2020 she was again among the finalists with her new comic project Zurück in die Heimat (Back Home).
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