A compelling photo series by Indian-Canadian artist Bhargavi Joshi portrays the horror of body violation subjected to women, ranging from marital rape, censorship, sexual harassment, domestic violence, women objectification, female genital mutilation to unequal pay.
In the“PRINTiED Violation” project, Joshi brilliantly shows that issue of oppression and body violation happens to all women with no exception, regardless of their race, culture, education and socio-economic background. The women wear white, which symbolizes the sense of purity being forced upon women in many places and cultures. Each of them bears a vivid imprint of a hand in bold black paint or a black ribbon that shuts their mouth or ties their feet. It implies women’s pain and suffering that society tends to ignore, while it places burden and pressure of purity on them.
“The women in the series are made to look like delicate porcelain figures to symbolize how our patriarchal society regards the female sex as delicate and weak,” Bhargavi Joshi says in her official website.
She argues that all women must have experienced one or more types of oppression in their lifetimes, and she aims to start the uncomfortable conversation that tends to be avoided, hoping it will inspire people to take action against the injustice that women face.
Take a look at the complete photo series in Bhargavi Joshi’s official website, here.