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“ There are brown ways of being queer”

RAISA KABIR CREATES PORTRAITS IN WHICH HER SUBJECTS CAN EXPRESS THEIR IDENTITIES ON THEIR OWN TERMS
PHOTO HENGAMEH YAGHOOBIFARAH

Raisa Kabir’s work looks at the overlaps between gender and ethnic performativity. In/Visible Space, her collection of photographs examining the QTPOC experience, was included in the GFEST group exhibition Asian Future at the Menier Gallery recently.

DIVA: How did In/Visible Space start off?

RAISA KABIR: I studied textiles at university and wrote my thesis on how South Asian queer women use clothes to construct their identities. At that time there really was nothing out there for us! There are so many different languages of queer. For example, in this project I talk to women who feel like “the outsider” if they enter a lesbian space wearing the hijab. I wanted to explore that extra layer of otherness in these photos.

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