Tejal Shah is a visual artist working with video, photography and installation. Her work, like herself, is feminist, queer and political. She has exhibited widely in museums, galleries and film festivals, and in 2003, she co-founded, organised and curated Larzish – India’s 1st International Film Festival of Sexuality and Gender Plurality.
The work above entitled “Trans-” in collaboration with Marco Paulo Rolla is “centered around trans-…formation, mutation, figuration from one gender to its opposite.” The two try to communicate and make possible a reflection about the exploration of the ascribed opposite gender behaviour as a possible affinity for a human sexual being. Does our gender appear as what we feel it to be? Many times people can’t realize who they would like to be: which kind of behaviour, sexuality, gender orientation or style of dressing.
When displayed, each channel is a vertical screen, where the two faces are looking at themselves, the audience or the mirror. A man and a man, a man and a woman, a woman and a woman, crossing their original gender, making a transsexual looping.