Arts and Culture
Women’s struggle for their fundamental rights takes various forms all over the world. In contemporary India we may observe an intense fight against patriarchy and conservatism taking numerous shapes and involving different means of communication and media. The focus of my research are posters accompanying various campaigns for women’s rights as well as booklets/small books written in indigenous languages by women for women, touching on topics tabooed in the society (e.g. menstruation, child birth, work outside the household). The aim of my paper is to analyze the imagery used to represent various problems, with the emphasis on their symbolism. A close examination of chosen visual material will allow me to discuss questions such as: how is the message conveyed through the images? Which symbols and allegories - and how – (re)present women problems and how do they address Indian culture and the society? How does the artifact/image/picture enter the sphere of visual culture in the Indian context? what is the role of art in the society – or rather does art play a role in bringing a social change in the Indian society?