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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 collaborative portraiture and interviews I explore the intersections of homosocial culture, friendship and love between men in India. This includes how traditional fluidity of sexuality, gender and identity were impacted by colonial masculinities, the embrace of western culture and contemporary gender identity politics.

Beginning in 2017 I have made work in these territories:
West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka.

Feature in British Journal of Photography by Diane Smyth.

Recently, the work was awarded 'Juror's Pick' in LensCulture's Art Photography Awards, and won the 2018 Meitar Award for Excellence in Photography.


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


 
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Excerpt from an informal interview.
2017

 
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Goal and Chandan stopped on their bike commute. Sahibganj, Jharkhand - 2017
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Excerpt from an informal interview.
2017

 
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Friends Chotu and Rajan leaving the temple. Sahebganj, Jharkhand - 2017
Color photograph from Negative

 
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Excerpt from an informal interview with collaborators.
2017

 
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Day laborers in Sahebganj. Sahebganj, Jharkhand - 2017
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Excerpt from an informal interview.
2017

 
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Yash drying his Gamchha in the breeze, after his morning bath and worship. Sahebganj, Jharkhand - 2017
Color photograph from Negative

 
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Excerpt from an informal interview.
2017

 
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Gaurab and Ravi asked for a selfie near the Ganges. Sahebganj, Jharkhand 2017
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Excerpt from an informal interview with a collaborator.
2017

 
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Aniket paced nervously for a while when I reached his room. New Delhi, 2017
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Excerpt from an informal interview.
2017

 
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Irfan came to the hotel after Friday prayer. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh - 2017
Color photograph from Negative

 
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Excerpt from an informal interview.
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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Excerpt from an informal interview.
2017

 
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After a two hour trek we arrived in Sanjay's village in the foothills of the Himalayas. Uttarakhand - 2017
Color photograph from Negative

 
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Excerpts from informal interviews with collaborators.
Installation at Clark House Initiative, Mumbai / Preview Exhibition of the ongoing project

 
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Excerpts from informal interviews with collaborators.
Installation at Clark House Initiative, Mumbai / Preview Exhibition of the ongoing project

 
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Excerpts from informal interviews with collaborators.
Installation at Clark House Initiative, Mumbai / Preview Exhibition of the ongoing project

 
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Excerpts from informal interviews with collaborators.
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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Installation at Clark House Initiative, Mumbai / Preview Exhibition of the ongoing project
 
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Transcriptions and translations of informal interviews.