Drawings

These drawings are a series of portraits of transgender/Hijra women who represent the marginalised sections of society. They are a part of a unique culture in India and have only now developed an identity and voice of their own. The purpose of having them photographed and then carefully represented on paper is to pay homage to the ancient history of portraiture in India and the tradition of royal and wealthy families of having themselves immortalised through portrait paintings and drawings. By drawing these portraits the artist wishes to give these women the same importance and relevance in today’s India. 

        These women are friends with the artist and share a personal relationship with her. They are given open access to her studio as a safe space to interact with her and her work but there is an underlying transactionality which is evident when they are invited into the studio specifically to be photographed and to sit in for the portraits where they get paid for the same. This serves as a reminder that they too deserve to be treated like other life drawing models and deserve the same respect and acknowledgement.  

Title: Sumitra

Date: January 2019

Size: A2 size 

Medium: color pencil

Title: Pooja 

Date: September 2018

Size: A2 size 

Medium: color pencil

Title: Kajal

Date: February 2019

Size: A2 size 

Medium: color pencil

Title: Angel

Date: March 2019

Size: A2 size 

Medium: color pencil

Title: Sonali

Date: March 2019

Size: A2 size 

Medium: color pencil

Title: Nisha

Date: April 2019

Size: A2 size 

Medium: color pencil

Title: Rajni

Date: December 2018

Size: A2 size 

Medium: color pencil

Title: Anonymous 

Date: January 2019

Size: A2 size 

Medium: color pencil