Queer Artist and Activist Tejal Shah

Interview with Tejal Shah, 2012 from Tejal Shah on Vimeo.

Indian artist Tejal Shah talks about her creative practice as an out artist and a queer activist in India, struggling with the fact that there is a lot of censorship going on in the Indian art world. She does not know how to present her erotic, post porn works in India.
At the end of the above video interview Tejal Shah mentions that one of her new projects is setting up a small residency programme in Goa, India.

There is a spider living between us by Tejal Shah

Excerpt from There is a spider living between us. Single channel video, HDV, colour & b/w with sound, 2009 from Tejal Shah on Vimeo.

About Tejal Shah

Working across diverse media such as video, photography, performance, sound, installation, and drawing, Tejal Shah positions her work within a feminist and queer framework. She is currently interested in the intersections of art, ecology and healing in relation to consciousness. Her works also focus on topics of sex, sexuality, body, gender and natureculture while challenging normative social hegemonies. Her latest project, The Balcão, is unraveling a new thread in her praxis. It’s a shape shifting, collaborative and community experiment in embodied learning on a small piece of land in Goa, India.

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Tehal Shah’s videostream

Between the Waves by Tejal Shah

Barbara Gross Gallerie in Munich, Germany is the second solo exhibition of Indian artist Tejal Shah. Titled Between the Waves, the video and installation project premiered at dOCUMENTA art festival last year under the curatorial rubric of Collapse and Recovery of artistic director Carolyn Christov Bakargiev. Between the Waves runs through June 22, 2013.

Tejal Shah examines phenomena of cultural and biological diversity. She regards deviance as an integral part of nature. Exuberance and difference are, for her, the “source and essence of all life, which all other patterns follow.”

Working across diverse media such as video, photography, performance, sound, installation, and drawing, Tejal Shah positions her work within a feminist and queer framework. She is currently interested in the intersections of art, ecology and healing in relation to consciousness. Her works also focus on topics of sex, sexuality, body, gender and natureculture while challenging normative social hegemonies. Her latest project, The Balcão, is unraveling a new thread in her praxis. It’s a shape shifting, collaborative and community experiment in embodied learning on a small piece of land in Goa, India.

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Tejal Shah’s online portfolio

HETERO Q.B. – INTERNATIONAL VIDEO PROGRAMME

09.04.2013 – 30.06.2013 the MUSEU NACIONAL DE ARTE CONTEMPORÂNEA MUSEU DO CHIADO in Portugal hosts an international programme of events, which showcases women artists, who work with themes ranging from feminism, to lesbianism and transgender.

The artists are: Ana Bezelga, Ana Pérez-Quiroga, Ana Pérez-Quiroga e Patrícia Guerreiro, Ana Pissarra, Carla Cruz, Catarina Saraiva, Célia Domingues, Cristina Regadas, Elisabetta di Sopra, Hong Yane Wang, Itziar Okariz, Joana Bastos, Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, Maimuna Adam, Mare Tralla, Maria Kheirkhah, Maria Lusitano, Mónica de Miranda, Nilbar Güres, Nisrine Boukhari, Oreet Ashery, Patrícia Guerreiro, Paula Roush & Maria Lusitano, Pushpamala N, Rachel Korman, Razan Akramaw, Rita GT, Roberta Lima, Sükran Moral, Susana Mendes Silva, Tejal Shah and Zanele Muholi.

The programme is curated by Emília Tavares and Paula Roush. Emília Tavares writes that “the selection spans countries and realities that are seen as ‘peripheral’ in relation to classic Euro-American feminist discourses and practices – normally regarded as more progressive defenders of the equality of women and of gender”.

Tejal Shah at dOKUMENTA 13

Screendump of Tejal Shah's website

Screendump of Tejal Shah’s website

Congratulations to queer artist Tejal Shah, India. - Tejal Shah participates in dOCUMENTA 13 with her new multi-channel video installation, Between the Waves. The work is composed of performative film, text, animation and the spacialisation of sound. If you go to Kassel this summer and arrive by train, you must see her video installation at the Central Railway Station.

Between the Waves by Tejal Shah
Venue: Index #161, 1st floor, Southern Wing, Hauptbahnhof, Kassel.
June 7 – September 16, 2012

About Tejal Shah
Tejal Shah is a multi-disciplinary artist working primarily with video, photography, performance, sound and installation. Her work, like herself, is feminist, queer and political. She has exhibited widely in museums, galleries and film festivals. Her photography, video work and installation art questions the normal and the queer, bringing to light the dissonance between norm and, perception of the norm.

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Tejal Shah’s website