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Safe spaces/unsafe times: support systems in a suspended world

Safe spaces/unsafe times: support systems in a suspended world
Film screenings/ Daaravtha & Nawa, artist-talk and discussions

Saturday 3 Nov 2018
at KHOJ International Artists Association, S-17, Khirkee Extension, New Delhi
from 12 noon until 4 pm
Open to all

Discussants and presenters: Aryakrishnan Ramakrishnan, Nishant Roy Bombarde, Saptarshi Mandal and Santa Khurai from India along with Swiss photographer Laurence Rasti.

Beyond the din of the mainstream narrative around the repeal of Section 377 and other NGO initiated issues, the question of the larger support systems for people with non-normative sexualities and genders is of crucial importance. Through a film like Daaravtha which explores this at the intimate level of a mother and son, or through the photographic works of Laurence Rasti who documents the lives of homosexuals from Iran in precarious and suspended life situations, we aim to discuss the broader social landscape and how it enables or discourages life’s varied expressions. As Saptarshi Mandal says of Laurence’s photos: “they speak a lot about ‘family, support, loneliness, state and so on.’

Santa Khurai’s film ‘Nawa’, of which we will see some snippets as it is still in the making, brings forth another such context of the nurturing a society can provide.

Partners: Presented by Pro Helvetia New Delhi in partnership with KHOJ

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