Stories can be found just about anywhere. All you have to do is look carefully. American photographer Mick Minard recently found many such narratives in the most unimaginable of places—transit camps in Mumbai, slums in Lucknow, farm fields of Alwar etc. A few works from her catalogue of visual expressions are being showcased in an exhibition titled The Poetry of Purpose: A Portrait of Women Leaders of India, highlighting the work of silent, sometimes invisible, women leaders such as Meena Bhati, Dr Urvashi Sahni, Kamla Bhasin, Dr G Natchiar and others. Minard finds them exemplary as they’ve been the stimulus behind social change in the country.
Co-authoring a book by the same title, Mick has reflected upon the achievements of these women, who in their own ordinary ways have initiated extraordinary progress. “They celebrate selfhood through sport, use business as an act of compassion, recognise women farmers as entrusted land stewards, use education to build moral imagination, spread values of social justice and human rights through song and slogans, promote girl’s education as a pathway out of poverty and toward equality, enrich people’s lands and lives through cooperative, doorstep banking and others,” says Mick.
Date March 25-31
Time 11 am to 7 pm
Venue Open Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road