The Shape of Self/Trans Identity in West Bengal

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  • 7 p.m.
  • Place
    Galerie Lumina
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The Shape of Self is a series of portraits focused on transgender communities of West Bengal (India).

The project aims to represent the struggled identity (the Self) of trans people, stressing the individuality of each person (the Shape), and testifying the social development that has directly affected the Trans community after the 2014 landmark judgment in which the status of a “Third Gender” for Transgenders and Hijras was recognized by the Indian Supreme Court.

The 85 portraits present Transwomen, Transmen, Hijras and Cross-dressers from Kolkata urban areas belonging to various social backgrounds and castes, captured in places connected to their personal life story – streets, neighborhood, working places – and mainly in their rooms seen as the core space in which their identity developed.

Exhibition run: 21.03. – 04.04.2019
Opening: 21.03.2019, 7 p.m.

Curator: Domenico Russo
Photographer: Alessio Maximilian Schroder

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