PRIDE: "Bits of Pictures and Bobs of Thoughts — Ahko’s Life in Sketches" Artist Talk with Ahko

Neurodiversity can be seen as a form of "queerness" - a natural variation that exists outside of societal norms. Neurodivergent individuals, their families and carers face marginalization and discrimination in society, similar to the challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community. This shared experience of being misunderstood, stigmatized, and denied access to resources and opportunities creates a natural alliance between the neurodivergent community and the LGBTQ+ one. Both groups seek to dismantle narrow societal norms and expand the definition of "normal.” Creative and artistic expression is a way to assert and validate their identity and experiences, and also a channel to tell the general public about the diversity of humanity.