American photographer Mick Minard has captured the lives of 15 women leaders across several verticals in photographs and a book that she 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 narrate 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 March 25-31 at the India Habitat Centre.
Both the exhibition and the book feature names like Anar Patel (Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel’s daughter) who is the co-founder of NGOs Gramshree and Manav Sadhna, former volleyball player Jagmati Sangwan, filmmaker Madhureeta Anand and social health activist Razia among others.
According to Minard, their inspirational 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,” Minard 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.