The Daisy Chain
1998, 15:00 minutes, colour, English
This project brings together five South Asian men from across Canada. Each of the men express in a short video-vignette a particular experience of their carnal body in relation to queer 'male' sexuality. This video-chain-letter originated in Calgary where I recorded a short message and then passed it on to the next participant who in turn recorded his own message and then circulated it to the next participant.
The result is a series of short postcards: How to Feel Free by Atif Siddiqui, Biryani is My Business by Arif Noorani, Ghar Ke Khani by Imtiaz Popat, Devotion Desire by Himmat Shinhat, and Cancer by kevin d*souza.
This project through the process of self/body documentation was transformative as leading out of the pessimism of colonial discourse by making new narratives, by exhibiting imperfect bodies in the realm of an illusive (fetishized/advertised/racialized) body.
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