Transfixed: Anusha Yadav

30 November 2020 - 7 January 2021

Transfixed is collaborative portrait series that is an ode to uniqueness in ideas of beauty and feminine expression. Manifested with volunteering individuals, the theatre of beauty, whether light to lavish, or dainty to dramatic, is a choice they exercise often, even if their bodies may or may not match up to an ideal.

This celebratory series was completed right before Section 377 of the Indian Penal code was revoked and decriminalised in 2019. I a cis-woman, an ally and a portraiturist, play witness and confirmer of the visibly shared concepts of femininity and vanity, with a born-male sub-culture who celebrate themselves via cosmetic embellishments. With courage-in-splendour, some dress to explore an identity, some to share an identity, and the some to shed one off. They deconstruct a society’s belief systems visually, to build another for themselves that is appreciative, and welcoming.

While I determined the silhouette and the backgrounds in post, my sitters chose how they wished to dress and be represented. Framing the face only, their dignified meeting eyes keep us transfixed - inviting us to participate in the magnificence of gender fluidity, and are testimonials of shared delight in expression. I am deeply indebted to each person in these photographs, and my advisors - for their time, their stories and experiences and most importantly, their trust. That is how I am reminded that the world can indeed be quite magnanimous.

Anusha Yadav
November 2020