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‘We are not the Others’ – Transgender painters of Sahodari Foundation come to Bangalore

Here comes February and with it comes love and art. The transgender artists of Sahodari Foundation will participate and showcase their beautiful artworks at an exhibition organised by the foundation in Bangalore International Centre located in Domlur, Bengaluru.

Around 25 artists from the transgender community will showcase their paintings in a show aptly titled with Pride ‘We are not the Others”.

“I am excited about the show” says Santhiya. “This is the first time I am exhibiting my art exhibition in Bangalore for people to see. Coming to Bengaluru excites me because I’ve heard that the cultural scene here is very vibrant. It is a happening city” says Santhiya.

A previous exhibition image

Abstract, surrealism cubism and pop art paintings will be exhibited in the show.

“We are Not the Others” is an exhibition of artworks and paintings of transgender painters of India, the event is curated by transgender artist and activist Kalki Subramaniam (www.kalkisubramaniam.com) who is an artist herself and has trained transgender persons to practice art through the foundation. Acrylic paintings, surrealist paintings and pop art paintings will be on display at the event. Visitors can buy the artworks and support the transgender artists.

Thirty percent of the sale of Kalki Subramaniam’s artworks will benefit to empower the education of young and poor transgender persons.
The opening event inauguration happens on Feb 5th at 6 pm. President of the Inner Wheel Club of Coimbatore Ms. Prema Aiyer will inaugurate the exhibition. The guest of honor of the event is artist and theatre personality Padmashri. Arundathi Nag.

On the same opening day event, on Feb 5th around 7.15 pm, transgender artist and activist Kalki Subramaniam will be performing a performance Art play named ‘Phallus, I Cut. The performance is done as a solo act of body movement with colours and poetry. ‘Phallus, I Cut’ is a poem written by Kalki Subramaniam which is transitioned into a performance Art. The act will challenge the stereotyped gender norms existing about trans and gender queer identities.

Kala makes her art during an art workshop

On Feb 6th and 7th during the mornings and afternoons, there are several workshops available free of cost for the transgender community, workshops include : Introduction to Photography, Abstract painting workshop, Flow painting workshop, motivation workshop, Madhubhani Art workshop and Story Telling Workshop. For details of the workshops please see www.sahodari.org website.

On the same opening day event, on Feb 5th around 7.15 pm, transgender artist and activist Kalki Subramaniam will be performing a performance Art play named ‘Phallus, I Cut. The performance is done as a solo act of body movement with colours and poetry. ‘Phallus, I Cut’ is a poem written by Kalki Subramaniam which is transitioned into a performance Art. The act will challenge the stereotyped gender norms existing about trans and gender queer identities.

For the first time, a virtual reality art exhibition of Kalki’s past pop artworks is also included as a experience using Oculus glasses within the gallery. This exhibition is supported by Shimeraa Visual Studio.

Another highlight of the evening, many artworks and stories exhibited in the gallery space will give the viewer an extended interactive experience through the UniteAR App, adding voice, video and movement to the images on the wall. Viewers can experience this Augmented Reality using their mobile phones when they install UniteAR App.

We use AR and VR technologies to tell our stories of joy and pain, hope and loss, success and faliure.

On Feb 7th at 8 pm, the exhibition closes. The event is sponsored by Inner Wheel Club of Bangalore.