Mixed Media Projects

Varsha (they/them) is a queer and non-binary poet, writer, filmmaker, mixed-media and voice artist based out of India. They like to tell stories by blending various the mediums of storytelling. Here are some of their mixed-media projects. They are all in different stages of research, execution and production. Varsha is seeking grants, funds and collaborators for many of them, so if any of these pique your interest, or if you'd just like to know more about the projects, feel free to get in touch at varshapanikar@gmail.com!

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Origami Folds

Origami Folds is an ongoing series that aim at exploring the curves and folds of the human body (self and others) and use it as a medium and metaphor for hopeless frailty and hardened impenetrability, from which emerges the themes of identity, dysphoria, the commodification of the body, and denial and loss of autonomy as conditions of globalized society and cultures.

 

Within this stifling framework, the skin has separated from the body, both physically in the act of medical dissection and alterations in an effort to meet popular standards of beauty, and metaphorically in the separation between skin and psyche. The skin here also represents time and wraps us up like cellophane wraps hard candy.

Down The Family Tree

Part memoir, part biographical, part soliloquy, 'Down The Family Tree' reflects upon identity and loss that arises from grief, told through the medium of family photographs, recordings, archives, paintings, and memories.

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Down The Family Tree

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Forest Dreams

A gothic and mystical graphic novel about the journey of a young girl into a magical and ancient forest, inspired by fables, folklore, fairy-tales, myths, and dreams.

Seeking writers, graphic designers and visual artists to collaborate on the book.

Bodies Of Desire

An ongoing anthology of stories, memories and epiphanies told by combining various mediums with prose and poetry. The series explores intimacy and desire by allowing it to become a powerful and vulnerable means of expression and exploration into themes of identity, intimacy, empathy, and queer love and kinship. Excerpts from the series have been published in Love Portions, an issue of Rogue by Ratio Auream Publishers, available on Amazon & Kindle. Artwork from the series has also been showcased at "Queer Futures Archive" at Parramatta's Riverside Theater, Sydney - as a part of "Burn All The Books That Call You The Unknown" exhibition in 2020. An audio-story from the series has also been published on Lonely Heart Club, created by Anuja Ghosalkar, for gender-positive & queer audio-erotica that ranges from poetry, literature to confessions and real-life tales.

 

Bodies Of Desire has also been adapted into a spoken-word film by the same name, currently streaming on Nowness Asia, Nowness and GirlsInFilms.

Watch the film here.

Follow the project on Instagram.

Currently seeking graphic designers and visual artists to collaborate on the book.

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City On Wheels

A self-portrait with Bombay as its backdrop attempting to bring poetic insight to the life of a forlorn poet, bereft and terrorized by existence. Ongoing.

When Home Won't Let You Stay

A photo essay on migrant porters of Shimla, popularly called 'Khans'. Ongoing.

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I Am Colour

'I Am Colour' uses colours as metaphors and treads through memory and dreams to uncover thoughts, emotions and all that rests and hides within the recesses of the mind.

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Whispers To My Shadows

A digital photo-poetry zine that examines the poet's strifes with identity, oppression and mental health, and attempts to draw insight into the dichotomy of dark and light in hopes to start conversations around mental health. The zine was showcased at "Queer Futures Archive" at Parramatta's Riverside Theater, Sydney - as a part of "Burn All The Books That Call You The Unknown" exhibition in 2020.

Coming out soon.

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Who are my people?

A open source portrait dedicated to the depth and strength of kinship and chosen families in queer communities. Exploring what an imagined queer oasis could look like.

Seeking funds and coders to collaborate with.

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Undress /ʌnˈdrɛs/

verb [no object]

take off one's clothes

noun [mass noun]

the state of being naked or only partially clothed

Can one truly undress their soul to someone, in a given moment? Till the end of eternity, clad themselves in nothing but the soul's nudity?

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