Red Toile d’Erotique, Carol Gearing, 2009

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Souvid Datta, Sonagachi, Kolkata
"While most outsiders and reporters are pushed out of Sonagachi with violence and threats, Datta captures striking photos of the slum’s inhabitants to reveal the truth. Datta focuses on mothers and daughters for his series "In the Shadows of Kolkata," which chronicles the endless cycle of sexual violence as traditions are passed on from parent to child. The juxtaposition of the adult profession with the innocence of youth adds an additional layer of disturbance to an already troubling theme."

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Souvid Datta, Sonagachi, Kolkata
"While most outsiders and reporters are pushed out of Sonagachi with violence and threats, Datta captures striking photos of the slum’s inhabitants to reveal the truth. Datta focuses on mothers and daughters for his series "In the Shadows of Kolkata," which chronicles the endless cycle of sexual violence as traditions are passed on from parent to child. The juxtaposition of the adult profession with the innocence of youth adds an additional layer of disturbance to an already troubling theme."

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Souvid Datta, Sonagachi, Kolkata

"While most outsiders and reporters are pushed out of Sonagachi with violence and threats, Datta captures striking photos of the slum’s inhabitants to reveal the truth. Datta focuses on mothers and daughters for his series "In the Shadows of Kolkata," which chronicles the endless cycle of sexual violence as traditions are passed on from parent to child. The juxtaposition of the adult profession with the innocence of youth adds an additional layer of disturbance to an already troubling theme."

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Zwei Sich Umarmende Frauen ( Two Women Hugging ) , Egon Schiele, 1911

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"I have the choice to portray my community in a manner that will turn us once again into a commodity to be consumed by the outside world, or to create a body of meaning that is welcomed by us as a community of queer black women.  I choose the latter path, because it is through capturing the visual pleasures and erotica of my community that our being comes into focus, into community and national consciousness."

Zanele Muhole


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"I have the choice to portray my community in a manner that will turn us once again into a commodity to be consumed by the outside world, or to create a body of meaning that is welcomed by us as a community of queer black women.  I choose the latter path, because it is through capturing the visual pleasures and erotica of my community that our being comes into focus, into community and national consciousness."

Zanele Muhole

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“The first time someone else touched me with the intent to pleasure, I fell in love. Not with that person, but with the act itself. Such intimacy and accord. Even with the awkwardness of first time lovers there was a grace and purity, carnal and beautiful that I knew from that moment on I could never live without.”

"The film is loosely based on Ismat Chugtai's 1941 story, Lihaf (The Quilt).[1] It was one of the first mainstream films in India to explicitly show homosexual relations. After its 1998 release in India, certain groups staged several protests, setting off a flurry of public dialogue around issues such as homosexuality and freedom of speech.” -Wikipedia

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Krishna and Radha in a Pavilion is an 18th-century Indian painting depicting the two Hindu deities Krishna and Radha engaged in sexual intercourse.

The painting is the example of Pahari painting used in Gardner’s Art Through the Ages:

"In Krishna and Radha in a Pavilion, the lovers sit naked on a bed beneath a jeweled pavilion in a lush garden of ripe mangoes and flowering shrubs. Krishna gently touches Radha’s breast while gazing directly into her face. Radha shyly averts her gaze. It is night, the time of illicit trysts, and the dark monsoon sky momentarily lights up with a lightning flash indicating the moment’s electric passion. Lightning is a standard symbol used in Rajput and Pahari miniatures to symbolize sexual excitement.

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From a Shunga Album comprising twelve silk paintings. Utagawa school, Japan, late Edo (1603-1868) or Meiji period (1868-1912).

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Made in Heaven, Jeff Koons, 1989

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“People have found it necessary to define their sexuality in images, in photographs and drawings and movies in order to not disappear.”

-David Wojnarowicz

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Photos: Ajamu

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Photos: Ajamu

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