How do people live in a country that for more than a hundred years has prohibited them by law to be themselves, to love who they want and to dress how they want? We travelled to India to meet people from the LGBTIQ community, to get to know them and to listen to them.
Until the end of 2018, a single paragraph of India’s penal code, Section 377, marked homosexual acts out as a criminal offence.
For over 150 years, “Section 377” has been part of the Indian Penal Code. The section was introduced during British colonial rule in India in 1861, and established “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” as a crime punishable by law. Homosexual acts have been criminalised for a long time since. In 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that use of the section to victimise gays and lesbians was unconstitutional. It was thereby repealed.
We visited them with the hope of better understanding this country and its contrasts. We didn’t expect the elimination of one paragraph to change the mindset of 1.3 billion people. However, it wasn’t until we spent time in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and New Delhi that we came to understand how frequently violent assaults still occur, or how it must feel to have received official permission to love whomever and however you want and yet still have to hide this from your own family.
Find out more on the following website: https://insideindiasqueer.community
Gina Bolle is a visual artist and photographer living in Lausanne, Switzerland, and Munich, Germany. She works as an interdisciplinary artist in photography, multimedia installation and assemblage. Her work explores the domains of control dynamics from domestic to public space. Her installations, performances and assemblages are about exposing the hidden dangers and ideologies of power systems. She holds a Master of Arts from ECAL/Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne.
Currently on view: La Collective x BØWIE Gallery, La Maison Des Femmes*, Geneva, Switzerland (until March 2024)
Exhibition & Awards: BØWIE Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland; MiM, Munich, Germany; Das Zwo, Munich, Germany; Ballinstadt Museum, Hamburg, Germany; Latinxs, Leipzig, Germany; Shortlisted for Athens Photofestival 2022, Greece, Winner Belfast Photofestival category „Photobook“ for „377. Inside India’s Queer Community“, Ireland; VG Bildkunst, Neustart Kultur, Scholarship Programme 2021
Clients & Publications : klimaherbst e.V., ZDF Deutschland, Münchener Biennale, Kammerspiele München, ZEIT Verlag, BISS Magazin, DER SPIEGEL, Spiegel Online, PlanTreff, Stadt München, Buero Aha, GEO Wissen, Focus Magazin, Goethe Institut, Sueddeutsche Zeitung Magazin Online, VICE.com, muehlhausmoers, Aktion Mensch, Sozialcourage by Caritas, Herburg Weiland, Joblinge gAG, Wunder Magazin, Rainbow Refugees Stories etc.
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