Art exhibition pays homage to Delhi gang rape victim

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 14 May 2014 17:45 PM
Author: Nita Bhalla - South Asia Correspondent More news from our correspondents
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  • A painting by Tahir Siddiqui at the Dhoomimal Art Gallery in New Delhi, May 15, 2014. THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION/Nita Bhalla

    A gallery in New Delhi has brought together a collection of more than 50 works in an exhibition paying homage to the victim of a brutal gang rape and murder which outraged the country and exposed the widespread violence faced by India's women and girls.

  • A painting by Vijendra Sharma at the Dhoomimal Art Gallery in New Delhi, May 15, 2014. THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION/Nita Bhalla

    The exhibition, by the Dhoomimal Art Gallery, showcases 52 works by Indian artists who were inspired to create a range of sculptures, paintings, illustrations and photographs dedicated to the 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist who died after being tortured and raped on a moving bus by six attackers in Delhi in December 2012.

  • Two paintings by Krishan Ahuja and Vijayata Bhamri at the Dhoomimal Art Gallery in New Delhi, May 15, 2014. THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION/Nita Bhalla

    The exhibition is entitled "Nirbhaya" - meaning fearless in Hindi - and is the pseudonym given to the victim by the media as she fought for days in a Delhi hospital, while protests raged in the streets with people demanding better protection for women.

  • A painting by Ved Nayar at the Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi May 15, 2014. THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION/Nita Bhalla

    The collection is also aimed at highlighting the continued struggle faced by women and girls in India, where females face a multitude of threats from physical and sexual violence to human trafficking to discrimination in land and inheritance rights.

  • A painting by Arpana Caur at the Dhoomimal Art Gallery in New Delhi May 15, 2014. THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION/Nita Bhalla

    Dhoomimal's Content Manager Amrita Ghosh says the exhibition is also about celebrating the strength and beauty of women, despite the odds they face.

    "While we pay hommage to Nirbhaya and recognise that even after two years not much has changed for women in India, artists also wanted to symbolise the power that women have within them," says Ghosh.

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