New Delhi, March 17: India has many women whose contributions have made the country proud. But most of them remain “invisible” to mainstream audiences. Attempting to showcase their contribution in the changing Indian milieu, an upcoming exhibition in the tiol capital aims to recognise their hidden achievements. American photographer Mick Mird has captured the lives of 15 women leaders across several verticals in photographs and a book that he has co-authored with US-based medical practitioner Shashi Gogate. These photographs will be displayed at an exhibition titled “The Poetry of Purpose: A Portrait of Women Leaders of India” that will rrate the story of Indian women leaders who may be ‘invisible’ from public gaze but are the driving force behind positive social change across the country.
Curated by Alka Pande, the exhibition will run on March 25-31 at the India Habitat Centre. Both the exhibition and the book feature mes like Ar Patel (Gujarat Chief Minister Andiben Patel’s daughter) who is the co-founder of NGOs Gramshree and Mav Sadh, former volleyball player Jagmati Sangwan, filmmaker Madhureeta And and social health activist Razia among others.
According to Mird, their inspiratiol stories are a perfect example of confronting challenges and embracing optimism. “We live in an era in which inequality, gender violence, and social injustice is on the rise. We believe that striving for a more enlightened humanity is more crucial than ever,” Mird told IANS in an email interview. “Our aim in shining a light on these women and their stories is to demonstrate that despite such difficult realities, there is cause for optimism,” she added. With this exhibition, Mird hopes they can highlight how a “more noble rrative can emerge from oppressive circumstances and unspeakable suffering”.
Coming from diverse backgrounds – privileged and highly educated or disadvantaged and lacking literacy — these women have have led to positive social change by working on issues untouched by many.
“We hope through this endeavour people might become more perceptive readers of humanity’s potential, and that we might begin by cultivating an ability to comprehend others’ stories through a prism of love and compassion, rather than solely through data and logic,” said Mird.
“In so doing, we might come to recognise that humanity’s potential is much greater than current social realities would have us believe. And we might appreciate, too, the extent to which women’s leadership represents a new frontier of possibility that will always be with us,” she added. According to Pande, the exhibition, and the accompanying book, look at Indian women through a completely different and unique lens. “This will go a long way in providing visibility to women leaders who are helming ground-breaking work and helping to shape India’s future,” she said. (IANS)