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

Back to Front III

Back to Front III

Tejal Shah. Back to Front III, 2000.

This image is part of a series of 3 images taken in a field near railway tracks with a friend of mine who was a closet cross-dresser. Afraid of societal ridicule, he had never shared his secret with anyone. This was the first time he walked the streets in drag in the dead of the night. The experience for him was like going to the Front. Me? I had a niggling feeling that my friend might have something to share with me and so I pursued. Funnily, he was the one who dressed me as a drag king for the first time in my life!


cross-dressing, gender, performance, photography, India

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

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

Bombay, Maharashtra


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