The Pictures Against Prejudice exhibition, which has become an integral part of Mumbai's Pride Week ever since its inception in 2012, is known best for showcasing photography and art on various queer-related themes. Originally conceived by GetOverIt! a team comprising three queer identifying women - Prashansa Gurung, Sonal Giani and Ushma Malik, they saw it as a way of translating the lived realities of queer people into visible, tangible images.
This annual exhibition features creative pieces from within the community, in styles ranging from traditional artwork to caricatures, cartoons and photographs.
The GetOverIt! team envisioned it as being perhaps the best way to provide visibility to the complex issues and questions that the LGBTHIQ community face in India today. They believe that visuals – both still and moving – can often be powerful enough to act as agents of change; such as we have seen in the case of Steve McCurry's striking portrait of the Afghan Girl, whose image gave a face and an identity to the 1980s Afghan conflict and the plights of refugees.
Visual images are, in their own way, historical documents.
Three years since, this exhibition has given not just exposure to the LGBT community, but also a voice to the many artists who use this exhibition as a platform to air their views on the issues the community faces. It has given, and will continue to give, both its artists and its viewers a chance to illustrate, to think, and to reflect the rainbow hue that so perfectly encapsulates the essence of Queer Pride.