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Khushboo Sharma

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Art Show ‘Homomorphism-II’ Explores Different Aspects Of Same-Sex Intimacy

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  •  July 12, 2018

With increasing awareness of gender and as the country awaits a historic verdict on Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, the issues of LGBTQ community have finally begun to see the light of the day in the country.

Queerala, a Kerala-based organisation that works to bring such issues to the limelight, is thus organising an art show titled Homomorphism-II. Based on same-sex intimacy the exhibition would be held at the Kerala History Museum in Kochi and would run from July 14 to July 21. The exhibition would showcase the work of seven artists, from India and abroad, who, through their art, would narrate their individual queer experiences.

In an interaction with Scroll, Queerala’s founder, Jijo Kuriakose said, “The exhibition provides an avenue to discuss the politics of sexuality in Kerala. And the artists come from different geographical and linguistic backgrounds. Hence their works are extremely diverse.”

He also expressed how the exhibition would be a platform to protest against the Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. He said that the exhibition is particularly important because many artists from Kerala’s queer community still keep themselves under wraps, scared of the outcomes of revealing their identities.

Jijo would be showcasing his own artwork in the exhibition too. His paintings and watercolors capture the varying aspect of same-sex intimacy and the male body.

Mahesh, another artist who’d be showcasing his work at Homomorphism-II, shared, “I haven’t come out as gay yet. You know, it is difficult to break the shackles and free yourself in Kerala. So I have taken to art to express myself. I feel liberated when I complete one work.”

H/T: Scroll


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