Sahmat condemns yet another incident of moral policing of the art exhibition by Balbir Krishan at the Muse Gallery, Marriot Hotel in Hyderabad yesterday.
The gallery director was quoted in the Times of India - Throwing more light on what transpired post the preview, Kaali Sudheer, curator, said, “Things were fine during the preview on Saturday, which went on till quite sometime. Around 11 pm, a few right wing activists paid me a visit at the gallery and asked me to cancel the show. They said the artworks and artist stand for everything that’s ‘against Indian culture’.” When asked why he didn’t approach the Police, Sudheer said, “The people who paid me a visit are extremely well-known and influential. I don’t want hassles. I had no option but to cancel the show.”
The work was up on their website and social media, and it is clear there was nothing pornographic or obscene in the works which were male nudes. The gallery was fully aware of the work and had invited the artist to exhibit and the opening was well attended. It is because the artist is gay that the moral police of the right has swung into action. Their threats and intimidation are in fact against the law, and the gallery should have complained to the police.