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Mansi Thapliyal [ Workshop Alumni ]

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We Sing Along
[ HOPE FRANÇOISE DEMULDER GRANT ]
India    www.mansithapliyal.com

I found a Karaoke Bar on the outskirts of Siem Reap where women are both entertainers and escorts. As different as their daily lives are from mine, in their expressions of intimacy and loneliness, I felt that I recognized those parts of myself that I rarely brought to the surface. As I watched them with the men that came to them for comfort, I was surprised at how their range of gestures – comfortable with one customer, irritable, but needy with the next, ambivalent and prop-like with the third – moved from desirable to dependent. 

 

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