This piece (acrylic on cold press) is an assertion of intimacy between Queer and Trans People of Colour. The art piece specifically aims to embrace various South Asian identities (including Muslim identities), at the intersection of South Asian LGBTQ identities (recognising that people in South Asia/the diaspora also use other words to describe realities in collapsing/countering heteronormativity and celebrating Queerness).
This piece is also about collapsing false divides in South Asia and the South Asian diaspora furthered by the legacy of british colonialism (e.g. Muslim vs Hindu). Despite systems of oppression set up to marginalise and/or erase people at various intersections of social locations (e.g. sexuality, sexual orientation, gender, class, caste, disAbility, religion, language, ethnicity, racialisation, geographical location), many continue to confront oppression by living their/our truths as a form of resistance. This painting celebrates this resistance.
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