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Women in men's world

Chetna dua, Hindustan Times   January 19, 2013
First Published: 18:36 IST(19/1/2013) | Last Updated: 00:26 IST(20/1/2013)

The city has seen a host of protests, speeches and articles expressing fury against the gangrape of a 23-year-old girl last month. Paying homage to the victim is a group of young artists through an ongoing exhibition titled, Homage to Delhi Gangrape. "Art is not just limited to beauty purposes, it is one of the most powerful mediums of expression too in the society," says Girish Chandra, co-curator of the show.

The show has 50 works showing the plight of women in our country and the affect that a crime like rape has on their psyche. All works have been shown through colours and symbols by seven artists from Akrati Foundation - an organisation started in October 2012 to promote social awareness through art.

A work titled, Save Girl, Save Future, in mixed media by Anumehaa Jaiin shows a woman as the spinal cord of our society. "A woman is the backbone of our
society. If that woman breaks, the society will fall apart," says Jain. The painting has been made on a four meter-long banner with acrylic colours, threads and rice grains. Another work titled, Delhi, by Harvinder Kaur displays a self- portrait of artist's confused self against the backdrop of Delhi and the national flag. "After comments that say women should not go out after 9pm, women in the city are questioning whether they are safe in the city or if they should go inside their mother's womb, the only place where they can feel safe. I have painted this trauma on the canvas," says Kaur.
Catch it live

What: Homage to Delhi Gangrape - an exhibition
Where: Gallery-B, All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society, 1, Rafi Marg
On till: January 22
Timings: 11am to 7pm
NEAREST METRO STATION:
Central Secretariat on the Yellow line
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