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A Woman Remixed Erotic Temple Carvings With Modern Censorship To Prove India's Going Backwards

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This is Akshita Chandra, a visual artist from Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bengaluru. She is currently in her fourth year and graduates in July.

Akshita Chandra

For a project, Chandra decided to "take inspiration from the temple art of Khajuraho to juxtapose them with a few recent examples of censorship to create a dialogue between the past and the present.

"I had been thinking about censorship and moral policing for quite some time, and through various mind maps I found myself vacillating towards arriving at this juxtaposition." she told BuzzFeed.
Akshita Chandra

"I had been thinking about censorship and moral policing for quite some time, and through various mind maps I found myself vacillating towards arriving at this juxtaposition." she told BuzzFeed.

Chandra’s project, "Being Censitive", illustrates contemporary examples of censorship using figures inspired by the Khajuraho temples. It took her 4 months to complete.

When more than forty couples were taken out of private hotel rooms, booked for public indecency and taken to the police stations.

Akshita Chandra

When lingerie-clad mannequins on display got banned in Mumbai.

Akshita Chandra

When an education activist said that there is no need for sex education in schools.

Akshita Chandra

When some political party workers started attacking couples celebrating Valentine's Day.

Akshita Chandra

When clothed cleavages were blurred out on Romedy Now since they were too "obscene".

Akshita Chandra

When Section 377 of the IPC criminalised "carnal intercourse against the order of nature".

Akshita Chandra

When the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s woman wing protested against the exhibition, ‘Naked and the Nude’ in Delhi, demanding a complete ban.

Akshita Chandra

And when Union Culture and Human Resource Development ministers pledged to launch a countrywide movement to rid the nation of sanskritik pradushan (cultural pollution).

Akshita Chandra

Chandra's project was originally uploaded on Behance and was ironically flagged for having adult content. You can follow the project on Tumblr here.