In a country like ours, anti-sodomy laws hailing since the British era were struck down in 2009 only to be restored after a ruling in 2013. So being a member of the LGBTQIA openly comes as a surprise to some. Well, that shouldn’t be the case. Like any individual, they are normal human beings leading a normal human life.
And, capturing their completely ordinary daily routine are photographers Sunil Gupta and Charan Singh. Their work of art ‘Delhi: Communities of Belonging’ — which is also documented in form of a book of 150 images with interviews and testimonials of members of LGBTQ community in India — is on display at New York’s sepiaEYE exhibition (March 31 to May 6).
Here are some of the photographs that are going to be at the exhibition. All we can see are individuals, beautifully captured in their simplistic and ordinary moments of their “normal” lives.
1. Rituaparnah kissing her cat.
2. Lily looking at a photo of herself.
3. Rituparnah, getting dressed.
4. Rizwan getting ready to go out.
5. Saleem at his desk, Lucknow.
6. Sonal with a date.
7. Zahid asleep with his partner Ranjan.
“Even though people are more out today, there is that thing in the back of the mind saying this is still illegal in this country and tomorrow if they decide to crack down on it, we are too exposed already, so we would be in a lot of trouble,” Ranjan told Gupta and Singh.
8. Anita with the workmen building her studio.
9. Deepti, asleep in her flat.
10. Jatin and his daughter at home.
Sunil and Charan met at a HIV conference in Delhi eight years ago and hit it right off. And over time, have portrayed their work addressing gender and sexuality issues in India.
When their book was unveiled in November 2016, Sunil told VICE,
Now, isn’t that perfect contemporary imagery? It’s high time that we stop the discrimination toward the members of the LGBTQIA community.
Image and News Source: sepiaEYE
H/T: The Huffington Post