We asked 5 artists, Indrajeet Rajkhowa, Riddhi Parekh, Suruj Rajkhowa, Roshini Kumar, and Shreya Dev Dube, to curate a selection of their images that capture the essence of gender equality, in and around the workplace. These were displayed as installations at Mind The Gap, for people to reflect on and question the subject of each image, the perspective of each photographer and how it related to diverse viewers. Below is an excerpt from each photographer, and a bio on their selected works.
ICE HOCKEY IN THE HIMALAYAS BY INDRAJEET RAJKHOWA
In collaboration with writer REBECCA GEORGE
In recent years, the tropical nation of India has been watching the growth of an audacious ambition – ice hockey. The game’s origins in the Himalayan region of Ladakh are humble. In the eighties, locals would play a crude version of the sport to beat the ennui of lifeless winters. It involved chasing rocks on frozen lakes with makeshift skates and hand-carved sticks. In the last decade, fuelled by the support of the hockey community worldwide, the sport has seen tremendous growth in India. Makeshift equipment has been replaced by generous donations of second-hand gear; gear that players from modest Ladakhi houses cannot
otherwise afford. In January 2017 and January 2018, photographer Indrajeet travelled to Leh, Ladakh with writer Rebecca George, to understand what drove India’s players to continue forward against all odds. The indomitable spirit of the players and coaches has fuelled a collective dream. A dream to become something bigger. A dream to bring pride home.
About Indrajeet: Indrajeet is a photographer based in Mumbai, India. He became a photography enthusiast while pursuing his BE degree. He enrolled himself at the Light and Life Academy, Ooty, after completing his graduation, and hasn’t looked back since. See more of Indrajeet’s work on his website here and chat with Indrajeet on Dysco App if you’re looking to collaborate with him.
WOMEN METRO DRIVERS BY RIDDHI PAREKH
A project in collaboration with Delhi Metro & National Geographic Channel
“As a part of National Geographic Channel Show, Cover Shot, we were assigned to shoot four incredible women doing not so women oriented jobs. I was introduced to the first bunch of women Metro drivers in India and the experience was quite an eye opener considering how confident these women were. On asked upon how differently they feel about riding a train, one said – “We take the same amount of time to ride the train from point A to B as men, I don’t know what’s the big fuss about.” This series is just the representation of the statement above, throwing light on what’s the big fuss about women doing certain jobs as they do it as good, if not better than their male counterparts. The confident modern Indian women is ready to shape their own destiny and not be bound by social stigma and boundaries. There are 63 women running trains, and 54 women station controllers in the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. These are 117 women employees are part of 1,667 train operators and station controllers. There are a total of 939 train operators, and 674 male station controllers.”
About Riddhi: Riddhi identifies herself as a photographer with an insatiable lust for travel. She enrolled herself at the Shari Academy for Digital Photography to hone her skills and ended up becoming the Master Craftsman of the year. See more of Riddhi’s work on her website here and chat with Riddhi on Dysco App if you’re looking to collaborate with her.
NEXT STOP IS REVOLUTION FEATURING SURUJ RAJKHOWA
Photography: Gourab Pal
Concept: Vibhuti V Design, Gourab Pal and Suruj
MUA /Styling: Ambika Kaushik, Suruj Rajkhowa and Vibhuti V Design
This was a sheer attempt to provoke humanity. In a country like India where being “Queer” is still criminalized, where LGBTQ people have to suffer so much with not just their everyday usual problems also the problems that the society brings into their lives. The social structure and the norms do not allow queer people to express, there is no freedom of expression for us. If we do, we are treated as criminals or a mockery or even physically abused. But this is it. This is the time, time to start a revolution, time to change it. Time to raise awareness of our existence and make them comfortable with our identities and expression. Let’s provoke them because, the Next Stop Is Revolution.
About Suruj: Suruj is a model, theatre artist, and visual artist based in Mumbai. See more of Suruj’s work here and chat with Suruj on Dysco App if you’re looking to collaborate with him.
BODY POSITIVITY AND CHALLENGING GENDER NORMS BY ROSHINI KUMAR
“Other than my love for fashion, I like using my art to address much-needed issues.” Roshini showcased four of her series at Mind the Gap.
BARE: a body positive series photographed as real as can be highlighting many discriminations / insecurities / taboos / flaws about the human body in a positive and empowering way.
PUSSY AND PATRON: a body positive and feminist series showing women being free, comfortable, empowered and confident sexual beings unapologetically addressing the discrimination and taboo faced towards women in our society.
i Bleed: a self portrait series addressing menstruation and its taboos. Done with a mix of illustrations and bright elements – the series is meant to address this taboo in a positive and self accepting light.
RADICAL: a collaboration done with Cydney Eva from Canada. A shoot to represent diversity, individuality, self expression, inspiring people to be themselves and be proud of it. More importantly, the shoot shows Indian women being bold, confident, content with being themselves regardless of the surroundings they are in.
About Roshini: Roshini describes herself as a fashion photographer who’s equally passionate about styling, digital art, and creative direction. She solidified her foundations in photography at Bharati Vidyapeeth School of Photography where her specialisations were fashion and people. She likes to experiment with bold colours and ideas. She is the Co-Founder of Open House, a charity pop up event to promote artists. See more of Roshini’s work on her website here and chat with Roshini on Dysco App if you’re looking to collaborate with him.
A SERIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS BY SHREYA DEV DUBE
Shreya’s installation covered various facets of her photographic talent. Her images, with their textural depth, could be interpreted as the artist’s musings on the beauty, strength, and fragility of the human form. The images follow a layered narrative, thereby inviting the viewer into making them their own stories.
About Shreya: Shreya Dev Dube studied photography in Melbourne and later went on to specialise in cinematography at Eicar, Paris. Currently based in Mumbai as a freelance cinematographer, Shreya has most recently worked on a music video – ‘Naked Soul’ – for Imaad Shah aka Madboy and recently wrapped up a feature length film ‘Cat Sticks’, directed by Ronny Sen. Shreya’s love for storytelling is articulated in her photography, with its distinctly cinematic style. See more of Shreya’s work on her website here.