A Perspective of Queer Culture in “Just Wide Enough To Hold the Weight”

A Perspective of Queer Culture in “Just Wide Enough To Hold the Weight”

The “Just Wide Enough To Hold The Weight” exhibition brings together the work of three exceptional artists to explore the complex space of gender identity and selfhood.

Recently, the New York’s Baxter St gallery launched an exhibition exploring the queer perspective into our culture. The curator, Phalguni Guliani, picked the work of Marvel Harris, Siddhartha Hajra, and Soumya Sankar Bose as the mains for this exhibition. However, the reason was that Guliani heard “their quietness” of the works. 

She says, “These are not grab-you-in-the-collar works, the effect they have is that of being tapped gently on your shoulder with the rush of knowledge ever so slightly. They don’t announce themselves but are present potently in the way, say, a slant of light is.”

Guliani then explains in detail about each artist contributing in this exhibition:

Marvel Harris

The exhibition features Marvel Harris’ autobiographical series Inner Journey.  It’s an early self-portrait of the artist against a mountainous backdrop. It is a visual diary of the artist’s gender transition and in equal measure the tenderness of a neurodivergent adolescence. 

To this, Guliani says, “With Marvel, there is a celebration of the inherent nature of our bodies to change.”

Siddhartha Hajra 

Siddhartha Hajra presents I See You Better in the Dark. It is a series of portraits of participatory storytelling workshops. The artist conducts with a section of the gender minority community in India. Thus, it facilitates a unique opportunity of self-representation.

Then, Guliani says, “With Siddhartha, there is a lyricality in highlighting the elements of kinship and performativity in gender that none of us are a stranger to in our daily lives.”

Soumya Sankar Bose

Soumya Sankar Bose’s Full Moon on a Dark Night. It is a series of portraits of the artist’s interaction with members of the LGBTQ community in India.

Says the curator, “With Soumya’s vignettes, you have a rendering of hope and anxiety with a brush that is, to me, as alluring and as absurd as the omnishambles of modern living.”

So, what do you think of the “Just Wide Enough To Hold The Weight” exhibition?

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