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In 2018, the Supreme Court of India decriminalised homosexuality, striking down a 158 year old colonial sodomy law. The decision was widely celebrated. Weeks after decriminalisation, the movement for same-sex marriage was in full swing. The battle was done, queer Indians could all move on.

But what is lost in the rush to move on? 

In this lecture-performance, Danish Sheikh picks up a series of legal artifacts from the recent past: a contract drafted by two queer lovers in a small town in the late 90s; an affidavit written by a transgender woman in the early 2000s. Each of these documents tells a story of how queer persons in India found a way to live within the shadow of the sodomy law, through creatively reworking quotidian forms of law. Sheikh implores us to look at these accounts as resources for legal imagination, asking us to think about how queer dissent can unlock the imaginative possibilities within the law.

Written and Performed by: Danish Sheikh
Dramaturg: Vidya Rajan

Performance dates: July 26 & 27, 7:30pm

For more information and to reserve a free ticket, please see the Eventbrite page.

Please note that this event will not be livestreamed or recorded; tickets are for attending at our Curzon Street venue only.

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