Jugaad / Of Love and Intimacy

- ongoing -

In this project public gestures of intimacy form the departure point to explore friendship and love between men in India.
Deeply moved by these physical affirmations of bonding that are mostly absent in the West, through portraits and interviews I engage in questions surrounding the fluidity of masculinity and sexuality in India. How traditional modes of male to male intimacy in South Asian might be challenged by Western points of views, dichotomies and gender identity politics is of particular interest.

Territories I have made work in, beginning in 2017. include:
West Begal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Maharashtra.

For the full statement go to the
> Artist Statement link in menu to the left.


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Goal and Chandan stopped on their bike commute, Sahibganj, Jharkhand 2017
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Friends Chotu and Rajan leaving the temple, Sahibganj, Jharkhand 2017
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Day laborers in Sahibganj, Jharkhand 2017
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Yash drying his Gamchha in the breeze, after his morning bath and worship, Sahibganj, Jharkhand 2017
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Gaurab and Ravi asked for a selfie near the Ganges, Sahibganj, Jharkhand 2017
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Aniket paced nervously for a while when I reached his room, New Delhi 2017
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Irfan came to the hotel after Friday prayer, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 2017
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Akhtar was eager for us to meet his best friend Dilshaad in his barber shop. Maler Kotla, Punjab - 2017
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After a two hour trek we arrived in Sanjay's village in the foothills of the Himalayas. Uttarakhand - 2017
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Installation at Clark House Initiative, Mumbai / Preview Exhibition of the ongoing project
Transcriptions and translations of informal interviews conducted in March/April 2017
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Installation at Clark House Initiative, Mumbai / Preview Exhibition of the ongoing project
Transcriptions and translations of informal interviews conducted in March/April 2017
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Installation at Clark House Initiative, Mumbai / Preview Exhibition of the ongoing project
Transcriptions and translations of informal interviews conducted in March/April 2017
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Installation at Clark House Initiative, Mumbai / Preview Exhibition of the ongoing project
Transcriptions and translations of informal interviews conducted in March/April 2017
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Installation at Clark House Initiative, Mumbai / Preview Exhibition of the ongoing project
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Installation at Clark House Initiative, Mumbai / Preview Exhibition of the ongoing project
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Installation at Clark House Initiative, Mumbai / Preview Exhibition of the ongoing project
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Installation at Clark House Initiative, Mumbai / Preview Exhibition of the ongoing project
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Transcriptions and translations of informal interviews conducted in March/April 2017
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