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Art exhibition highlights difficulties facing LGBT South Asians on the eve of Diwali

November 11, 2015

Gay, News

‘Asian Future’ will coincide with the upcoming Festival of Lights. Challenging perceptions of Asian LGBTQI identities, ‘Asian Future’ offers a rare glimpse into a world where gender, sexuality and religion are defiant bedfellows. It forms part of the 8th GFEST – Gaywise FESTIVAL, London’s multi-discipline LGBT arts festival – along with film, live performance, and a programme of debates and Q&As. “GFEST’s exhibition exploring Asian LGBTQI identities coincides with Diwali, the festival of lights,” says GFEST’s artistic director Niranjan Kamatkar. “It couldn’t be more apt, because darkness most definitely needs to be banished from the lives of every LGBTQI Asian around the world, and particularly in India – where it can still be ‘a criminal offence’ if you are gay, lesbian, bisexual.” ‘Asian Future’ will feature the work of legendary artist, writer and activist Sunil Gupta, renowned for his honest portrayal of gay life around the world, including his native India where practicing homosexuality is essentially illegal. The exhibition will present a series of his photographs that explore moments from South Asian Queer life sketches. Also on display are photographs by Charan Singh, a visual artist informed by years of community activism and HIV/AIDS work in India. …

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