Charan Singh's "Kothis, Hijiras, Giriyas" at Clifford Chance

Charan Singh, <i>Untitled #2</i>, from <i>Kothis, Hijras, Giriyas and Others</i>, 2014


Charan Singh, Untitled #2, from Kothis, Hijras, Giriyas and Others, 2014

Singh’s portrait series Kothis, Hijras, Giriyas and Others, documents homosexual Indian sub-cultures. The series title comes from the indigenous terms used by queer working class and transgendered men, often forced into sex work, to define their different and particular sexual identities. In Indian society, where class and caste are still major forces, these three groups are among some of the most marginalized.

Singh’s portraits are made in dialogue with the history of Indian photography, back to the stately portraits of the British Raj, and continuing through today’s Bollywood starlets. The subjects, some of who have never been photographed previously, are given space within the images to feel safe with their class, caste and sexuality.

01 June – 15 September 201
Charan Singh: Kothis, Hijras, Giriyas and Others
Clifford Chance
31 W 52nd St.,
New York, NY 10019