A PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION IN INDIA
Article by Sara Darling
Following on from the successful exhibition focussing on transgender and slum communities and jail-inmates in India, the latest venture from the Kitab collective aims to break boundaries of Indian women who are living in the mountains.
Started in March, 2017, ‘The Kitab’ is a non-profit initiative, based in India. Passionate about bringing experimental photography and innovative bookmaking practices to new audiences around the country, and remove the elitist connection with traditional art.
‘Women in the Himalayas’ is a selection of powerful imagery by photographers from more than 30 different countries. Setting out to inspire and educate marginalised communities, the latest show explores the importance of women, who often experience poverty, low literacy levels or unemployment, yet still raise families and survive against all odds.
The photo festival was a huge success, and the wide range of images were both thought-provoking and personal visual stories and photo books; Each with which the aim of creating awareness and raising the personal growth of women who live in the mountains across the world.
The Kitab Founder Manik Katyal states, “We wanted to explore how photography can empower and inspire, and be an important tool for social-change amongst the women in the mountain villages. We believe that meaningful photography fosters empowerment through individual reflection, self-esteem and identity formation as well as a sense of community.”
The festival chose the remote region of Almora to feature a range of work by well known and emerging photographers, who covered a wide range of subject matters including education, gender, human rights, health, environment and conflict.
Check out www.thekitab.in for more information on the project.
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