New series of incest photos highlight the impact of water shortages on women and girls

Indian artist and media activist Poulomi Basu has launched a dynamic new series with Wateraid titled Sisters of the Moon, to show how unclean it is country and toilets limit the power and potential of women and girls.

The project is inspired by the women and girls Poulomi has met over a decade of her previous work and includes her own experience growing up in a patriarchal home in Kolkata, where both mother and aunt are both daughter-in-law.

Poulomi also wanted to explore issues affecting women and girls worldwide such as gender-related violence, menstrual taboos and climate change, so instead of focusing on one specific country, Poulomi chose to create a fictional dystopian world in beautiful and barren lands. Icelandic landscape.

She puts herself in the pictures as a way to connect her own struggles with women and girls from across the global south, using her body as a canvas to confront her own. on race, representation, and environmental justice.

Sisters of the Moon is being released to support WaterAid’s Thirst for knowledge calls for, will bring clean water, good toilets and sanitation to homes and schools around the world, helping to ensure girls have an equal opportunity to learn about dignity and safety. The UK Government will support public donations made on 15 February up to £2 million, helping to bring these vital facilities to an additional 28,000 people and 30 schools in the county. Bardiya of Nepal.

‘Climate change and loss’ addresses how the homes of women and girls are impacted by the many battles of the climate crisis, rising sea levels and the impending threat of tornado

(WaterAid / Poulomi Basu)

‘Walking into Darkness’ is a disturbing image of a woman in a bridal veil not entering the toilet, stepping into the darkness through a challenging scene

(WaterAid / Poulomi Basu)

‘Education and Menstrual Change’ is inspired by the story of a girl who dropped out of school because of taboos in menstruation. In this work of fiction, the woman who bleeds is a superhero embracing her period

(WaterAid / Poulomi Basu)

The 14 featured images include a bed submerged in water, inspired by the women Poulomi met in Bangladesh, who are living on the front lines of climate change and flooded homes, and many people lost due to sea level rise. Floating above the bed are containers of water, highlighting how climate crisis is a water crisis, with floods contaminating water supplies and droughts drying them up.

A photograph shows a woman wearing a red veil walking towards a burning hut. The fiery image alludes to a defiance against the practice of “chaupadi” in some parts of Nepal, where women are forced into quarantine during their periods, when they are considered unclean.

In another photo, women carry pots of water over snowy and rocky terrain, reflecting the challenging journey millions of girls make every day to collect water. One in 10 people do not have access to water near their home, and women and girls are responsible for collecting water in four out of five households that have access to water off-campus, often traveling long distances over remote terrain. remote and difficult, putting their safety at risk and leaving little time to attend school or earn a living.

‘Walking to fetch water’: women and girls often have to walk long distances, barefoot, over rough terrain to fetch water for their families, which means many girls drop out of school or drop out of school altogether.

(WaterAid / Poulomi Basu)

‘The burden of carrying water’ shows woman as a great cosmic mother, lack of access to clean water is the biggest burden faced by women and girls in the global south face

(WaterAid / Poulomi Basu)

‘Spinning Magic’ is about the greater power of women and how, if they have the right opportunity and upbringing, they will rule the universe

(WaterAid / Poulomi Basu)

The fourth image shows a girl covered in blood with school books scattered around, raising awareness about one in three schools worldwide that do not have decent toilets or do not have a basic water supply . This lack of basic facilities has a significant impact on girls, as many often miss school during their period if they don’t have a proper toilet or even drop out of school altogether when they reach puberty. influence their lives and futures.

“Sisters of the Moon explores our global water crisis and the challenges of environmental and ecological change, and how these issues affect gender equality,” said Poulomi Basu. I draw on my past experiences working in the field and my own home life growing up in India to present an eco-friendly story in which women look seemingly powerful, but their real power was limited and controlled.

Strength and Flame: This artwork showcases a woman’s strength and flame on the front lines of climate change

(WaterAid / Poulomi Basu)

Gold-plated warrior: this artwork presents the woman as a warrior facing war at home

(WaterAid / Poulomi Basu)

Red smoke and tornadoes: the barren landscape of this futuristic incest artwork reveals the dangers of tornadoes and extreme weather on a woman’s life, and the red curtain alludes to fear of suffocation and isolation that women often face during menstruation

(WaterAid / Poulomi Basu)

Girls don’t have to spend hours every day fetching water for their families; they should be in school. Menstruation shouldn’t hold them back because they don’t have a decent toilet or proper hygiene kit. If you deny women access to water and toilets, you deprive them of their power. Having clean water close to home and close to schools not only means that women and girls can spend more time on education, but it also means they can support their own lives and livelihoods. I believe that women have the incredible ability to change the world and it is important that their fundamental rights are met so that they can have a voice and reach their full potential.”

For the sisters of the moon, Poulomi worked with Edda Gudmundsdottir, who styled Icelandic singer Björk, and the makeup was from Sunna Björk. The clothes she wears in the photos were donated by designers Iris van Herpen, Jivomir Domoustchiev, Aziz Rebar and Richard Malone.

To read more, visit: www.wateraid.org/uk/sistersofthemoon

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/photography/wateraid-poulomi-basu-photos-water-women-girls-b2006029.html New series of incest photos highlight the impact of water shortages on women and girls

Tom Vazquez

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