Urban Weekend – Abu Dhabi

Eclectic weekend of urban creativity at Abu Dhabi’s creative hub at  Manarat Al Saadiyat during Urban Weekend event on the 20th April 2018, a weekend of street-style festivities.

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Positive Community: Living with HIV-India

“Hold on! Don’t give up! You can still live a good life! Having HIV is not the end — having no hope is”

 

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Portrait of Sekar, preparing his food at his room, Chennai, India,2017

I met Sekar in 2017, and he was very generous and happy to share about himself,

In 1992, B Sekar was a 27-year-old athlete in Chennai, a graduate in history, looking forward to a career as a policeman. He had cleared the fitness test to join the police when a medical test dashed his hopes. He tested positive for the AIDS virus. Until he got his HIV +ve diagnosis, he did not know that gay individuals were vulnerable to the AIDS virus. He fell into bouts of depression. My family threw me out of the house,” he says. “My mother remained close to me but and the rest of the family felt let down and until now my family members treat me like a dirt.

Confronted with an existential crisis, Sekar chose not to give in to the ostracism but talk about HIV. Sekar narrated his story to the public through many NGO organization and say that Dying Young because of AIDS. Later, SWAM founded by Sekar, the first activist to come out as HIV positive and gay in India, SWAM runs support groups and serves as a drop-in centre for MSM, gay, bisexual, and HIV positive men In particular, SWAM’s primary goal is to advocate safe sex, use of condoms and human rights issues to the MSM members of society.

Sekar was not deterred by all this and determined to go about with his propaganda A second carelessness could ruin a life. He tells his audience, love and affection need to the victim. He also attended several AIDS awareness programme around the world, how they successfully introduced safer sex in the gay circuit.

Sekar had various male sexual partners, but none bring him a stable relationship or a feeling of comfort. His current and last partner in life is George. George is an auto driver, supported Sekar in his time of need.

Currently, Sekar is treating for Second-line antiretroviral (ARV) treatment and lost his eyesight and memory due to medication, unable to take proper intake also, struggling and counting his days, but he still enjoys his Gay life.

Exhibiting Portrait at Athens, Greece

Blank Wall Gallery, 55 Fokionos Negri St., Athens, Greece.
Reception: 20 April until 3 May,2018

I am very pleased to announce that my photograph has been selected to be exhibited in Blank Wall Gallery from 20 April until 3 May at the exhibition titled “Portraits” Athens, Greece

Portrait of Vanilla will be in the exhibition and included in the catalog, will updating more on this soon.

 

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A Transgender Journey – Series , Portrait of Vanilla

 

 

 

 

My Mom

“My mom has always been my strength and support in my life. She always taught me to never give up and to keep pursuing my passions no matter what”

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My mother is a beautiful, strongest women in the world, she had beaten breast cancer and then hysterectomy and frozen shoulder arthritis, i have seen my mom who has faced several battles in her life and amazed how she handles the situation, brave and role model in my life, I have learnt and learning a lot from her and her strength resilience and inspires me, though she has several disabilities she always leads her life positively and motivate us…. dear mom, I love you.

Mothering from afar:UAE

I have been working on the project about Transnational Mother’s in UAE: Mothering from afar, this project is an initial start to work on Documentary Projects.Since then I am very much stimulated to work on these kinds of projects. In this project, I am exploring hardship of breadwinning mothers who are living and working alone in UAE separated from their children, sometimes for years, by thousands of miles away

So far,  I have interviewed approximately forty (40) mothers from different nationalities for this project from that discovered the daily life and about the emotional consequence and struggle and studying the routine by which mothers and children cope with them and I have connected with some mothers in various social media to understand how they communicate with their children’s.

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Farzana from Srilanka, mother of three children, the single mother, working as a nanny, in Abu Dhabi. Farzana’s sister taking care of her children, due to financial commitments and to support children’s education she moved to UAE in the year of 2015, mostly Farzana and her children, exchange voice messages through  Whats App.

Most of the interviewed mother’s intimacy to the children across borders expressed through social media, sending goods, remittance, voice messages and watch their children grow virtual and these separations drag on for years for several commitments only the latest technology stay them connected every day.

These mothers appreciate the technology keeping them in touch, but know it is not a substitute for the warmth of a mother’s embrace.

Since, it was a long break for blogging, from now I am committing myself to blog regularly about my work.

And i am very much thankful to the mothers who shared their emotional stories with me.

You can always contact me, if you are a mother working in UAE being away from the children for this project , vidhyaac@gmail.com