Futures of Sexuality Festival 2019

Futures of Sexuality is a  festival that talks about our present understanding of sexual and gender performatives and spectrums and speculating where our interpersonal relationships will go especially with respect to digital spaces.

Labeless - 20 Sep 2019 to 29 Sep 2019

Labeless | Futures of Sexuality Festival – Exhibition of multidisciplinary works.

Opening: 20th September 2019 | 6.00pm – 10.00pm
Opening performance | 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Opening Lecture Performance by Shaunak Mehbubani

Open Hours (Closed Monday): 21st – 28th September 2019 | 2pm – 8pm

Closing: 29th September 2019 | 2pm – 9pm
Closing performance | 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Closing performance by Luv Mathani

Curatorial walks:
20th September | 7.00pm
21st, 22nd, 24th, 25th, 26th & 27th September | 3.00pm, 5.00pm
28th September | 4pm
29th September | 7pm

Donor Pass:
Tuesday – Thursday: ₹ 200
Friday – Sunday: ₹ 300

Intricacies of sexuality, gender, self, and vulnerability form the crux of intimacy. The changing nature of intimacy and interpersonal relationships have overarching effects on social ecosystems, popular cultures, and youth cultures.

It thus becomes important to understand these changes, especially in the context of rapidly changing socio-digital ecosystems. Moreover, access to information on gender, sexuality and their spectrums and performatives has increased rapidly. But does information necessarily induce social sensitization especially towards queer intimacy?

The Labeless exhibition asks what intimacy means today and how will it adapt to possible futures. How do gender, sexuality and the self affect intimacy? Are the possible futures sensitized to gender and sexual spectrums? What role does digitality play in this process and how is it changing the very nature of intimacy? At the same time, how would intimacy evolve offline in an evolving online ecosystem? How does it affect youth cultures, popular cultures, and social structures? Does the future have labels?
Does labeless mean inclusive?

The exhibition asks these questions through multidisciplinary works by artists from all over the world.

Aditya Verma | Delhi, Chaitanya Modak | Pune, Clare Chong | Singapore, Isha Itwala | Vadodara, Ishita Savla | Mumbai, Lipika Bhargava | Delhi, Nachiket Prakash | Pune, Pulkit Mogha | Pune, Sandeep TK | Bengaluru, Sandrine Deumier | France, Surabhi Chowdhary | Kolkata, Zander Porter | USA

Best of Kashish - 21 Sep 2019

Best of Kashish | Futures of Sexuality Festival. Film Screening & Discussion with Sridhar Rangayan between 7 – 9pm | 21st September. Donor Pass: ₹500

At the 10th anniversary of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival in June 2019, the festival screened 31 Indian LGBTQ Films! The highest ever. Best of Kashish will bring 6 short films to TIFA, presented by Shridhar Rangyan along with a discussion.

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival over the past 10 years has emerged as a path-breaking platform to showcase qualitative Indian LGBTQ films, not only at the festival in Mumbai, but also facilitating Indian LGBTQ film screenings across international film festivals and several
Indian film festivals.

This initiative called ‘Best of KASHISH’ facilitates programming of Indian LGBTQ films at film festivals across the world as part of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival’s mission to promote Indian LGBTQ films’ production, exhibition; distribution. KASHISH has facilitated screenings at more than 50 International film festivals in UK, USA, Australia, Czech Republic, Indonesia, China, South Korea, Sweden, Poland, Germany, Romania, Taiwan, Pakistan, Netherlands, Japan, etc.

Queer Support Meetup - 22 Sep 2019

Queer Support Meetup on 22nd September 2019 | 5.00pm – 6.00pm. Entry open to all and free of cost

An informal meetup organised for the LGBTQIA+ community, friends and family from Pune. The meetup will cover a conversation on the process of coming out, how friends and family can support the process and essentially to discuss ways to create sensitivity about the subject. We encourage everyone from the LGBTQAI+ community, friends, families and allies to join the conversation.

Building Inclusive Spaces - 25 Sep 2019

Panel Discussion with Koninika Roy, Richa Vashista & Shwetambera Parashar at The Loft Forum, Camp | 25th September 2019 | 6.45pm – 8.00pm. Entry open to all and free of cost.

Sharing space is the first step to coexistence. In a country where queer acceptance is still at its preliminary stages, institutional safe spaces have a huge impact on sesitisation towards the queer community. This panel will discuss what exactly entails a safe queer space, how companies, work spaces and institutions can inculcate queer sensetisation and how to be a supportive ally to the LGBTQIA+ community.

Koninika Roy is a 25 year old out and proud Mumbaikar. Despite the stigma around being LGBTQ, she found acceptance and strength from her loving family. She now uses this strength to further LGBTQ rights. In her work at The Humsafar Trust, she has been tackling cases of discrimination and violence against LGBTQ persons in Mumbai and India.

She currently works at Godrej India Culture Lab. She maintains her interest in the LGBTQ community by being part of the Managing Committee and Governing Board of the Integrated Network for Sexual Minorities (INFOSEM) which is the largest network of LGBTQ organizations in India.

Shwetambera manages TRANScend, an initiative by The Humsafar Trust aimed to enhance inclusion of transgender individuals in India through research and intervention into the socio-economic needs of the communities, capacity building of transgender community organizations, and sensitization of corporates, educational institutions, and other stakeholders. Prior to TRANScend, Shwetambera handled SAHYOG, a project aimed to address gaps in the National HIV program. She holds a master’s degree in development studies from the University of Manchester.

Richa Vashista (she/her) is a queer mental health professional with a Masters in Clinical Psychology. She has worked in the areas of Gender and Sexuality since 2014, providing therapy, doing workshops/training and part of organising events create awareness about sexual orientation and gender identity issues. Being out and proud has helped her explain LGBTQ issues whether it’s a parent, teacher or anyone homophobic.

She calls herself an explorer in terms of work because you won’t find her doing just one constant thing. Right now, she’s the Outreach Director for Good Pitch India, a platform that connects social justice films to change makers to create impact. When not at work, she will be fetching food but remember, Joey doesn’t share

Camp Out - 27 Sep 2019

A Camp Out performance by Zeeshan Ali on 27th September 2019. Time: 8pm onwards | Donor Pass:₹ 500/-

Boundaries in Relationship - 28 Sep 2019

An interactive seminar with Ishita Mehra on 28th September 2019. Time: 5.00pm – 6.30pm | Donor Pass:₹ 300/-

Learning more about our boundaries and how to communicate them with our partners as well as other people can help lead to more healthy relationships. Boundaries also help people empower themselves communicate their preferences and how they want to be treated by others in turn helping their mental health.

Boundaries in relationships is an experiential seminar consisting of art and interactive activities that help understand your boundaries and communicating it to your partner or just about anyone.

Participants find themselves interacting and moving around in the space as they practice setting boundaries. There will be an ongoing discussion and feedback as the seminar progresses.

The seminar will assist participants in learning about their mental health. It will also serve as an introduction to communication in relationships and its impact on mental health.

Ishita Mehra is an illustrator and mental health advocate. She takes a multi-disciplinary approach through the process of art expressive exercises and interactive activities to help people explore their mental health.

Speed Dating - 29 Sep 2019

Speed Dating on the closing day of Futures of Sexuality on 29 September 2019. Time: 5.00pm – 6.30pm | Donor Pass:₹ 300/-

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