Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Tejal Shah

Southern Siren - Maheshwari (from the hijra fantasy series)

Southern Siren - Maheshwari (from the hijra fantasy series)

Tejal Shah. Southern Siren - Maheshwari (from the hijra fantasy series), 2006.

Description:
Maheshwari is a hijra identified woman. I met her in Bombay during my research on hijra's while working on the project, "What are You?" I was struck by her loud laughter, sense of fantasy and belief in magic. Her desire was to become a south Indian film star and see herself in a song and dance sequence, romancing the hero and to be romanced by him.

Medium:
Photography

Tags:
transgender, desire, hijra, fantasy, photography, performance, queer, India

Images
The barge she sat in, like a burnished throne/Burned on the water (from the hijra fantasy series)You too can touch the moon – Yashoda with Krishna (from the hijra fantasy series)Southern Siren - Maheshwari (from the hijra fantasy series)Encounter(s), live performance, Turbine Hall, TATE ModernEncounter(s)Encounter(s)Back to Front III

Videos
"What are You?"I LOVE MY INDIAChingari Chumma/Stinging Kiss

Location
Bombay, Maharashtra
India

Contact
ts@vsnl.net

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