#Guest Post: Not Just Nudity: 4 Indian Artists and Their Scintillating Takes on Erotica

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Human sexuality is rife with mystique. It’s not a box, as some may want to believe, but a sphere with endless dimensions and angles. So, obviously, there are countless ways in which people interpret and express desire, both the act and the thought. Eons worth of poetry, prose and art have been dedicated to the subject of sensuality. Over the years, erotic art has gained popularity and appreciation and warrants to be seen as a genre of art in itself. The Yellow Sparrow looks at four of India’s quirkiest artists who do (pun intended) erotica to perfection.

 

Nishe

This India-based photographer, who goes by the name Nishe, takes sensually ‘nostalgic’ photographs that carry a loss-of-innocence. The recurring motif in her images, she describes, is the pain of growing up, as a subject very close to her. Her art, therefore, is very introspective and she invites viewers to find their own meanings within it, so it can be important to them in their own ways.

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You can check out more from the artist here. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you: you won’t be able to get enough.

Images courtesy of the artist

 

 

Roshan Adhihetty

Indian-German photographer Roshan Adhihetty created the series ‘The Nude Hikers’ to investigate questions surrounding nudity and sexuality. He joined a group of nude hikers in Switzerland to observe the human body in its space as a natural element, questioning whether nudity is a right. Roshan attempted to learn more about the topic and about the relationship between nature and nudity. In his breathtaking photographs, he creates and then denies the tensions between a romanticised ideal and the restrictions of society.

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You can look at more of his work here.

Images courtesy of the artist

 

Akshita Chandra

Akshita Chandra’s erotic art, drawn in the style of the Indian Khujaraho temples, is reminiscent of the double standards where it comes to censorship and culture in India, with ancient relics being lauded but contemporary work being labelled as obscene or licentious.

“When I first wanted to work with this subject, I never realised how big it would become once I published it,” she told TYS. “I was overwhelmed with the response it got and made me understand how the project initiated conversation about the subject. It felt great that something I had produced could do that!  It was almost self-therapeutic for me to work on it and makes me want to keep doing something that is so gratifying.”

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You can find more of her quirky GIFs here.

Images courtesy of Akshita Chandra

 

Mithu Sen

Bengali artist Mithu Sen’s playful yet macabre sense of humour reflects through her work. Currently based in New Delhi, she critiques and challenges societal norms by inviting viewers to immerse themselves into her art. Sexual overtones run wild through her creations and one can’t help but be lured in and engage in the act of voyeurism. Subtle reflections of sexuality lend a gentle quality to her art which sometimes depicts animals and plants along with human bodies.

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Her work is exhibited in galleries across the world and you can view more here.

Images courtesy of:  1. ‘Nothing with Nobody’ Source: https://www.artsy.net/artwork/mithu-sen-nothing-with-nobody-1, Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Nathalie Obadia Paris / Bruxelles; 2. Untitled, Source: https://www.artsy.net/artwork/mithu-sen-untitled-27, Courtesy of the artist]

 

Sexuality is not just extremely natural but also intensely personal. There can be varied meanings of the word for each person. While these are just four viewpoints of human sexuality, there are countless others out there who deserve equal respect and attention. We hope these artists are successful in opening the minds of viewers towards sexuality and its facets.

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