The modern Indian wears his pride on his sleeve…and on his Instagram page. A casual scroll through social media and you’ll find yourself in a rainbow blur of LGBT support. That filter on your picture may show the community that there are hundreds of people standing with them in their fight but sometimes that pride flag filter doesn’t translate to real world actions. A huge factor behind that is the fact that while the queer community now has ample visibility, it’s always treated as a social phenomenon and there’s a gaping hole for representation of normalcy.
The battle against homophobia rages on and this weekend the annual ‘Pictures Against Prejudice’ exhibition will be taking residence at the Upstairs Studio in Bandra. An integral part of Mumbai’s Pride Week since its inception in 2012 this exhibit welcomes any and all visual mediums and celebrates the expression of the LGBT community and its allies. This year’s theme is “In It Together’ and highlights the attitude of Indian society at large and the need for LGBT allies to speak out in support to actually initiate a change. The minds behind the event this year strongly believe in the ability of art to make a difference. As organiser Prashana Gurung says ‘The visual medium – be it still or moving – has tremendous power to shape our thought processes, and in turn the world around us.’
The aim of the exhibition is to integrate acceptance into every member of society so that ‘one day it will no longer be tagged an LGBTQ event but merely an art exhibition’. For now however, it still plays the role of an ‘awareness programme’ to create conversation about the queer community and their place in India. While there have been some wins for the transgender community recently, Article 377 is still firmly in place, queer love is still stifled and the need for people to publicly support LGBT movements is as great as ever. ‘Pictures Against Prejudice’ is just one of the ways everyone can come together in a show of solidarity for the eventual goal of a world where queer isn’t queer and no one has to be afraid of who they love.
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Take a look at some of the best work from previous exhibitions
Featured image courtesy Pictures Against Prejudice
Words: Shireen Jamooji