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Media & Arts Collective
Community Organisation
Founder, Payana

Date & Time

Mon, 6 Dec 2021 11:00 am Thu, 9 Dec 2021 8:00 pm


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

‘Truth Dream’ is a photo exhibition, conceptualised by Payana and Maraa. The exhibition features 12 friends who identify as transwomen, transmen, Kothi and gender non-conforming individuals from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. What makes this project unique is that participants are above the age of 50 years when typically it is considered that beauty fades and desire wanes. The twelve community models hope to challenge this perception by embodying their fantasies: cabaret and classical dancers, ideal women, queens and goddesses from Tamil and Kannada films of the 60s; figures who inspire them to date, fantasies they could not realise in real life. Dreams and desires come to life in this exhibition that blurs the line between ‘Truth’ and ‘Dream’. The exhibition also subtly and playfully challenges power dynamics of beauty, gender, sexuality and caste discrimination. The exhibition is not only celebratory, but unravels wistfulness and the resilience and creativity that carried them so far. It is a story about their strength in friendship, to journey along together.

The exhibition will be launched with a performance on Monday, December 6 at 6:30 pm


Models: Banu, Bernie, Chandini, Devi Parveenamma, Nadiya, Lakshmi, Revathy, Shanthi, Shakila, Shobha, Shobhana, Reshma


Atelier Prati –  Backdrop Design

Falana Films – Documentation and Films

Jaisingh Nageswaran – Photographer

Joe Panicker – Sound Designer

Maraa – Curators and Artist Management

Payana – Concept and Coordination for Truth Dream

Priyanka Kumar – Graphic Designer and Illustrator

Rudra Rakshit Sharan – Photographer

Sankeerthi Aipanjiguly -Costume and Jewellery Designer

ZeeshanMake Up Artist & Hair Stylist

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Media & Arts Collective

Maraa is a media and arts collective in Bangalore, founded in 2008. Diverse, playful and inter-sectional in nature, Maraa employs different lenses of caste, labour, gender and culture in curation, production and research. Attentive to structural violence and inequality around us, their work is centred around freedom of expression through language, form, subjectivity and oral histories. Maraa is committed and keen to focus on practice and process with a strong culture of dialogue and mutual sharing of knowledge with all whom they work with.


Community Organisation

Payana is Community Owned and Managed Organization which was formed by alternative sexuality Minorities Community Members.

Currently Payana is working for betterment of working class non english speaking sexuality minorities community members in Karnataka and also implementing the targeted intervention program of NACO & KSACS in 3 dist of Karnataka for MSM-T Community


Founder, Payana

Chandni, the founder of Payana, conceptualised truth dream. The exhibition features 12 friends, who are members of Payana, and the transgender community.