This is an extended version of the photoessay first published on Through Her Lens
Reframing the Domestic
The pandemic has opened up a whole new, yet familiar backdrop of self speculation through my lens. The images chronicle the mundane setting around my own domestic space, featuring my family of six members and the choices I make to freeze moments for eternity. They have been created alongside many thoughts running through my restless mind during the lockdown appending my state of mind, my political stance, my privileges, my body image, my space, my relationships, my priorities, my future and how we would turn out after all this is over.
Through Her Lens is a visual research programme in collaboration with Zubaan Publishers Pvt Ltd., supported by Sasakawa Peace Foundation, under the Fragrance of Peace Project. It aims to expand women’s photographic practices in the eight Northeast Indian states and Darjeeling Hills.
Through Her Lens: Reframing the Domestic is an online exhibition which aims to visually manifest the experiences of women, queer and other marginalized identities within the domestic space during the current COVID-19 crisis and the contestations, negotiations, etc. that emerge from them. The exhibtion is curated by Mridu Rai (curator) and Anushya Pradhan (assistant curator).