Artist: Vidisha Saini
Medium: Dye Print, Archival Matte.
(on a summer afternoon, on a garden chair.)
x- I am assuming you are from India. So you might either be a Hindu or a Muslim, or a Buddhist as some of them are?
f- Hmm... why do you ask? (Thinking about what happens to the large population of Christians, Sikhs and many others.)
x- Oh I study a lot about religion I could share more with you. So you are a hindu?
f- (reluctantly) yes
x- what do you think about it?
f- (awkward) its as close and as distant as I would be to any other religion, culture or society.
(at an after party of a Queer Pride event, across a table with some drinks. Some friends, some acquaintances.)
l (boy, gay)- Oh! I love gay women. You guys are so awesome.
w (women, gay) & e(women, gay) smile.
f (girl)- I don't have any gay women friends, I get a little sad. Once I was at a gay party with almost 50 gay men and only 3 women, one of who had crashed the party.
w & e smile.
f- I wonder how many gay women are out in this city.
w & e smile.
l- I think they should come out more. You know it is going to be fun knowing more people.
w- it depends on their comfort and of others around, right?
l- Well, I know this friend of mine is straight (points at f) and I know she is very comfortable next to lesbians and she has some great gay friends.
w & e- hmm.
f gets awkward. Thinks: Straight, is that what he just said?! Sips beer.