Medium : Photographic print, signed on reverse. Unframed
Size : 624 x 420 mm
'This piece was a collaboration between myself and henna artist, Sabira Haque. I never saw art and images that showed the beauty and acceptance of queer people in any shape or form especially due to the censorship in the media growing up in India. Many of my inspirations come from old Bollywood films and stills from the 1970s and 80s, as well as maharani portraiture in Indian folk paintings. Ps: see if you can spot the hidden heart.'
With Indian and Italian heritage, Alia Romagnoli’s research focuses on female strength, nature and spirituality. These elements all become part of her subjects, often inspired by Indian culture and rituals. The artist’s primary medium is photography – her shots are often staged to create a unique narrative connecting to ancient rituals and traditions as well as with contemporary culture and social media. While each in studio shot is dipped in surreal, vibrant colours and the settings and costumes are heavily curated, Alia’s body of work conveys a documentary-like narrative and sheds a light on issues concerning gender, sexuality and race.
CREDITS: Special thanks to, Sabira Haque for creative direction/production, Rhiannon Isabel Barry for styling, Umber Ghauri for makeup, Salwa Rahman for makeup direction, Nadine Baptiste for hair styling, Freya Noyce for photo assisting, Norhan Shubar and Amani Saeed for modelling.