© 2018 Marc Ohrem-Leclef
Jugaad / Of Love and Intimacy
- ongoing -
In this project gestures of intimacy form the departure point for an exploration of the intersections of homosocial culture, friendship and love between men in India.
Deeply moved by these physical affirmations of bonding that are mostly absent in the West, through collaborative portraiture and informal interviews I document the many kinds of loves I encounter across castes, classes and religions in urban centers and remote villages.
The work I make both considers how traditional fluidity of sexuality, gender and identity were impacted by colonial masculinities, the embrace of western culture and contemporary gender identity politics, as well as my own, inherently Western/queer gaze.
Since 2017 I have collaborated with individuals of wide range of backgrounds and identities in these territories, recording over 100 conversations:
West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala.
Feature in British Journal of Photography by Diane Smyth.
Recently, the work was awarded 'Juror's Pick' in LensCulture's Art Photography Awards, and won the 2018 Meitar Award for Excellence in Photography.
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