March 27, 2014

Tejal Shah

The Stinging Kiss – The Moving Image Work of Tejal Shah

BFI - British Film Institute, London

Tejal Shah’s work is magical. Working within a feminist and queer framework, Shah confronts, often in explicit detail, sex, sexuality, gender, the body, nature and the intersections between art, ecology and healing. Based in India, Shah, a vocal activist, documents and celebrates local queer communities making work about butch lesbian visibility, hijras and subverting Bollywood convention. At this screening we consider Shah’s use of the moving image in her diverse body of exhibited work that spans nearly two decades. Her work has been shown all over the world, including at the Centre Pompidou, the Brooklyn Museum, Tate Modern and the Whitechapel Gallery.

This screening will feature the following films:

1. Some Kind of Nature. India 2013. 6min.
2. Between the Waves. India 2012. 26min.
3. Feed/Kill. India 2010. 8min.
4. There is a Spider Living Between Us. India 2009. 7min.
5. “What are You?”. India 2006. 11min.
6. Films from the Sakhi Ri Project: Famila's Famila 11min. The City 6min, Inner Turmoil Dirs Tejal Shah, Natasha Mendonca. India 2005. 11min.
7. Chingari Chumma (The Stinging Kiss). India 2000. 8min.
Nazmia Jamal
The screening will be followed by an extended Q&A with the artist.
Contains scenes of a graphic nature. Over 18s only.

Total running time 120 min