Women of India

Haryana State, India

33 Portraits - Summer 2015

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My name is Swapna Maini and I am an artist and art teacher. I have a small studio in Gurgaon (a satellite town of New Delhi), India where I teach children aged between 6 to 17 years.
My students chose to photograph women in 2 villages in the state of Haryana (which has the worst sex ratio in India). We chose to photograph only women because being a patriarchal society, women in India are generally relegated to the background of society and not seen outside of their homes as much as men are!
Also, the interesting thing about these villages was how completely cut off they were from city life and the urban lifestyle. The villagers still live a very traditional life and seem unaffected by the economic development that is taking place in India! They still sleep on traditional rope beds, out under the stars and eat only what they grow. It was very educational for my urban students to experience the village life and photograph it! Most of the women we photographed had never been photographed before in their lives!!


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