Mansi Thapliyal

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Location: New Delhi
Nationality: Indian
Biography: Born and raised in Rishikesh, Mansi has worked with Reuters as a photojournalist covering important news events and working on stories highlighting gender-related issues. Mansi's long term projects tend to explore the nuances of intimate... read on
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. It's an on-going project. 
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