With every step taken forward by women’s empowerment groups to make the lives of countless women better, ignorance and lack of popular support pushes them back.
Awaz-e-Niswan (Voice of Women), Point of View, WAVE, Photography Promotion Trust and Pune’s own Open Space have put together a most fascinating endeavour that tells the story of the ordinary superwomen without shouting it into your ears.
“People would come to Awaz-e-Niswan with the usual demands to learn beautician’s courses and the likes. What we thought was that it was time to give them something that would make them think and do something out of the box.
So we gathered together a group of about 16 women and we planned a series of photography workshops with photographer Sudharak Olwe,” says Yasmin, who is one of the 16 woman photographers.
“We’d get one week, with one camera between two women to come up with photos relevant to the topic that was chosen. Since the workshops were conducted over a span of eight to nine months, we ended up with a lot of pictures.
But we’d have to chose the best one at the end and then think about why we clicked what we did!” For a lot of the women, all of whom have been survivors of violence, it was the first time behind the lens.
“Earlier a photo was just a photo. Now my outlook is different every time. I look at things with a brand new perspective,” Razia, another photographer says.
And it’s not just the lens. “We got to speak to so many people from all over the country at the Kala Ghoda Festival! And on our trips we got to meet other extraordinary women with their own share of problems.
It has really been a wonderful journey for us. Our perspective about problems and their solutions has become so rich!” These 16 women are testament to the fact that expression repressed, is life denied.
Date: November 18 and 19
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Venue: Open Space, Kanchanjunga Building, Kanchan Lane, off Law College Road
Date: till November 17
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Venue: Tilting Art Gallery, Ishanya
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