Chan Arun Narendra's Self Portrait of a Transman: Achiving the subtexts of Inhabiting Home(s)
With an archival photography undertaking lasting over 3 years, Chan explores their gender identity through the spaces and surfaces of the homes they've inhabited. Drawing on chance reminders of embodied confusion from reflective surfaces and distorted identities from dream fragments, amonst other subthemes, Chan combines photography and text enabling us to unfold moments from the self-discovery of an urban transman.
Avril Stormy Unger's Mostly A, Sometimes B
Avril collates personal experiences and collected anecdotes into an deeply sensitive audio narrative embodying the fears and frustrations of an asexual partner in a intimate relationship. Her accompanying arrangement of mannequin parts brings visual depth through its language of the covered private and uncovered personal. Primarily practicing as a performance artist, this piece tackling a largely undiscussed part of the sexuality spectrum is one of her first installation works.
Mayank Chauhan's Spectrum
In his 9 part self-portrait series, Mayank Chauhan draws a line between our 21st century binaries of masculine and feminine, expounding the shades of gray that lie in between. Inviting the viewer into the conversation, the artist asks the viewer-turned-participant to use this current moment to bring into consciousness their historic understandings of gender with the question 'How do you fee right now?'
Anusha Ravishankar's His Alcove
Exploring ways of bringing nostalgia into the gallery space, Anusha plays with an assemblage of found objects and interactions to tell the story of D. She pulls in a message of hope with an underdog story of a young man who used to design garments for this sister's dolls, going on now to start his own clothes label.
Vanika Sharma and Suvrita's Redesigned, Renovated and Refurbished
Embarking on a journey of self-exploration, Vanika and Suvrita challenge the conventions of gender performance and gender conforming clothing in public spaces across Delhi.
Anusha Raichurs's LGBT: An Illsustrated Blueprint
The last section of the show explored the forms of taking this dialog into spaces where it could create long lasting impact. Children growing up see and realize these gender/sexuality norms without learning about alternate ways of thinking. Taking this conversation into classroom and homes, while keeping the tone engaging and non-academic, can create real snowballing change in the way we perceive our differences. Anusha's LGBT Colouring Books offer an example of how these subjects could be taken to young children in a normalising manner, making them part of the growing child's accepted vocabulary.
Shanizam's Save Changes
Shanizam's take on the 2D Puzzle box is another conversation started about fluid gender identities and roles flipped into a playful setup. The form appeals to the inquisitive child as well as the nostalgic adult, creating a common dialog point to broach a complicated subject.