Does Your House Have Lions (2021) is a 48 minute film by Delhi-based poet vqueeram and Los Angeles based artist Vishal Jugdeo. Shot like cinéma-vérité, the piece moves around friends and lovers vqueeram lives with. It documents Delhi, Bombay and Goa, during the time-period of January 2019 to September 2020, and speaks to an intensified political atmosphere in India. This film is just one iteration of an ongoing collaborative process between vqueeram and Jugdeo; an earlier work VQUEERAM was featured on MOCA SCREEN in 2018.
Join us at 11am on April 2nd for a virtual discussion with artist Vishal Judgeo, novelist Anuk Arudpragasam, and subjects of the film, poet Dr. Dhiren Borisa and collaborator vqueeram.
Vishal Jugdeo is an interdisciplinary artist who works with video, installation, performance and sculpture to construct experimental approaches to narrative. He has exhibited widely including solo exhibitions at the ICA Philadelphia, LAXART, Los Angeles, Western Front, Vancouver and 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica. Commissioned works have been featured in Performa, New York and Made in LA at the Hammer Museum. Jugdeo is a 2015 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, and has received major project funding from the Canada Council for the Arts. He is Assistant Professor in New Genres in the UCLA Department of Art.
Anuk Arudpragasam is a Sri Lankan Tamil novelist. His first novel, The Story of a Brief Marriage, was translated into seven languages, won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, and was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. His second novel, A Passage North, will be published by Hogarth in July 2021.
Dr. Dhiren Borisa
Dr. Dhiren Borisa is a Dalit queer activist, poet and an urban sexual geographer and is currently employed at Jindal Global Law school as an Assistant Professor. They are also an honorary visiting fellow at School of Geography, Geology and Environment at University of Leicester, UK. Dhiren attained his PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi on Queer Cartographies of Desires in Delhi. Their research engages with sexual mappings and makings of cities from an intersectional and decolonial lens both among queer spaces in India and in diasporic queer worldings.
vqueeram is a researcher and teacher with the Centre for Law and Policy Research, Bengaluru. Their/His/Her work has been interested in sex, feeling and the structure and narrative of living in relation to sociality, law and politics. They/He/She lives and loves in Delhi.
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