Professor Debanuj DasGupta was co-convener of the recently concluded art exhibition and symposium, Vichitra Desh/Queer Nation. The exhibition featured over 30 artists engaging with queer bodies and desires. Curated by Myna Mukherjee from Engendered Arts in New Delhi, the exhibition was like an assemblage of interdisciplinary art, theory and praxis that brought together visual and performance art, social science research, life-stories, and activist ephemera as a way of narrating themes of queer life-making, identity, bodies, desires at the margins of life and death. Murmurs and exchanges
between friendship networks, the artist’s studio, and the academics desk fermenting a critical counter public that questions fantasies of nation building. A shape shifting, rather queer assemblage indeed!