Metal Casting on Rock (traditionally known as ‘Rock Dhokra’)
This artwork is a satire of homosexuality in India. In India homosexual marriage is illegal. Therefore, there are 2 women who are separated by an ‘antarpath,’ (a sheet of cloth that usually represents the union of 2 individuals), that is burnt by fire (fire usually represents marriage in India, but in this case has been used to break a marriage). One of the 2 women has been created in the traditional way that men are usually depicted in Dhokra art. This borders on the concept of transsexuality (hair represents his feminine side). The rock as the base which unites the two individuals is symbolic of homosexuality as a natural, organic phenomenon which can be explained through biology, physiology & psychology.
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