Visible Space: Reflections on the Realm of Dimensional Affect, Space and the Queer Racialised Self16. Apr - 29. Apr 14 / ended RichMix
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Photography and curation by Raisa Kabir.
Uncover the intrinsic movements between space, objects, and dress, in relation to how queer presenting brown bodies are read and perceived, in context to public/private space, and the affect of these dimensions upon the queer brown body and it’s own gaze.
South Asian Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered or Queer persons, it can be argued, are only read as queer in relation to the space they occupy, or who they are next to. Often because of the Eurocentric projection of LGBTQ identity, South Asian queer persons are rendered invisible. In (hetero)public space, layers of sexuality and the codes of queerness in relation to ethnicity, race and gender, can be lost or erased and often are reliant on queer space to “confirm” their authenticity.
This work is a series of visual essays by artist and writer Raisa Kabir. It asks different self identified South Asian LBTQ women, and trans/genderqueer persons, where do they feel the most visible, or safe to be LBTQ and South Asian simultaneously? Does such a space exist, where is it located? If not - can it be created and re-imagined? How do South Asian queer ID persons see themselves reflected in these spaces?
These initial questions sparked the concepts to create the photographic essays, and were a working collaboration between the participants and the artist, Raisa Kabir, who then became the facilitator to create and document these spatial interactions.
The photographs begin an enquiry into the construction of private/public space, utilizing dress, gender presentation and objects to hint at how race, gender and sexuality affect spaces and perceptions of the queer racialised self.
The space will also be screening an installation, of a short film made in conjunction with Safra Project, which shares stories of queer Muslim women in Britain today, their experiences of the LGBTQ community, and how Islamophobia, racism and sexism are still part of their daily lives.
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