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Sakhiri


Audio-video Performance and installation, 2005, Paris-Bangalore

Floy Krouchi, Natasha Mendonca, Tejal Shah, Sumathi and the Hijra Family

Diffusions: India, Alliances Françaises, Bangalore, Pune, Mumbay, NGKB- Berlin, OPA-Paris, Museo de arte contemporeano -Saragossa, Circulo de Bellas Artes- MAdrid, Hors Pistes -Centre Pompidou, Paris

“SAKHI RI” : an electro-acoustic multimedia performance crossing genders and mixing sounds, images, video and poetry in music.

A project exploring gender de/ construction with members of the hijras community, the traditional transsexual community of India, and gender variants individuals.
The show includes a live electronics performance of 7 sound and video pieces, Hindustani classical vocals, Video Live Mix , Performances, Poetry and a Photo Exhibition.
Conceived in India during an artist residency of Floy Krouchi in 2005, this creation is an interdisciplinary, process-based collaboration between Dr Floy ( Electro-Acoustic Sound Artist, France) and Indian artists Sumathi ( Hindustani Classical Vocals) Tejal Shah and Natasha Mendonca ( Video Art).
The working methodology employed is unique, melting poetics with narrative; creative workshop, interviews, real life documentation and community living with some participants from the hijra Community generated the foundational material from which the artists have responded with their art forms.

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 Sakhiri-”TRANSGENDER DIARIES”- is an interdisciplinary performance and installation exploring gender de/construction with members of the Hijra community (traditional transexual and transgender community of India ) and gender variants individuals in Bangalore , South India.

ABOUT “SAKHIRI”, a multimedia creation in India :  2005-2007
“this project has been conceived as an interdisciplinary, process based collaboration between DrFloy and  Indian artists Sumathi ( Hindustani classical vocals), Tejal Shah and Natasha Mendonca (video art), along with members of the hijra (transsexual) community and gender variant individuals from Bangalore . All the work during the residency was conceptualized to be presented as a performance  tour,  “Sakhiri”. The working methodology employed is unique, melting poetics with narrative; creative workshops, interviews, real life documentation and community living with the participants of the project generated  the foundational  material from which the artists  have responded.

The first workshop explored chilhood experiences, process of transformation, present life and future hopes producing testimonies, poetry on body change, love, violence, narratives exploring the urban space of the city and the location of hijras within it, songs about family & societal oppression/acceptance, drawings and performances.

The second workshop, dedicated to video and representation , conceived with Tejal  and film maker Natasha Mendonca and based on  the poetic images and associations generated by the participants during  the  first workshop, was at the heart of video art created.?From this material , myself and Sumathi have been composing: electronic treatments, beats, experimental soundscapes , hindustani classical alaaps and  ragas , sculpting themes and emotions,  building an intimate fluid relation between sound compositions and video art, intricate narratives  dealing with the particularity of the hijra context,dissonance and gender de/construction.? Five shows of “Sakhiri” were presented  at Alliances françaises de Bangalore, Pune , Bombay , India in March-April 2005. Composed of  seven thematic pieces the performance toured along with the involved artists and participants of the workshops.

The participants of the project from the community are : Anand, Kajol, Famila, Revathi, Sanjana, Sneha, Sonu, Sowmya, Suma and Sunil


Featuring artists are: Hamsa Molini, Gail Hart, Ramkrishna, Usha BN and Saraswati

performance, installation et projections:? 2007?-13/01/07:  Theatre de l’ogresse ,Paris? 19/01/07:  O’Kubi,Paris? 16/12-25/02/07: “SEX WORK”, collective exhibition, Art Mythos Reality, NGKB, Berlin? Sept/october 2007:  exposition collective CARAaCARA, “Narrativos de Genero”, Miami , USA. Commissaire Fefa Vila.?  2006:?MADRID/SPAIN? 7 Mars 2006 : ” CONMOCIONES FEMINISTAS”, CIRCULO DE BELLAS ARTES.?  CASTRES/FR?-18 mars 2006: LO BOLEGASON, centre multimedia GARZ/ AUSTRIA ?6, 7 mai 2006 : PROLOGUE II, Projection “SAKHIRI” – Video installation? SARAGOSSE/ SPAIN?-25 mai-2 juillet 2006: Centro de historia de Zaragossa, exposition EN LA FRONTERA – Identidad y Genero: ´MIDDLESEX’ – exposition collective – commissaire Fefa Vila et Dilettantes-?“SAKHIRI-TRANSGENDER DIARIES II”: Installation Audio + video?- 10 juin : MIDDLESEX, Sexual politics and cultural production. Conference “SAKHIRI: “Trans/cultural practices: exploring subjective experiences and gender de/construction with the Hijra and khoti family in Bangalore, South India “, a presentation of the project.? PARIS?-29 septembre/ 5 octobre 2006: ” En bordure …de l’identité”, vidéo projection SAKHIRI “The City”, Le peuple qui manque, le Lieu de l’Autre, Arcueil.?-20 octobre 2006: VidÈo projection Sakhiri II, Les Frigos, programmation Musiques et Cultures Digitales/ Girls at Work.?-9 dec 2006 : SAKHIRI II Exhibition and video installation, Paris experimental Sound/ IVY Gallerie 25, rue Keller 75011 Paris?-21 dec 2006: Sakhiri live electro + Video Art- OPA , 12, rue Biscornet, Heaven, Indian Serenade Night .

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