Paris, 5/102007 - 8/26/2007
Fazal Sheikh's two photographic series 'Moksha'
and 'Ladli' won him the 2005 prize from the
Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, which is awarded
to a reportage photographer every two years.
This exhibition showcases his two winning,
haunting series on the plight of women in India.
'Moksha' (2005) is about outcast widows who
have found refuge in the holy city of Vrindavan.
Abandoned by their families and subject to strict
marital laws, which deny them legal and economic
rights, they have headed to Vrindavan to live
in ashrams and worship the god Krishna at
temples. Their dream is to reach Moksha
– or heaven – to be liberated from the cycle
of death and rebirth.
By contrast, 'Ladli' (2006) focuses on young girls
in orphanages, many of which have been rejected
by their parents due to their gender.
What emerges is an indictment of India's
patriarchal society and how – while the country
is undergoing an economic boom – the lives
of some women remain extremely vulnerable.
May 10 through August 26, 2007
2 impasse Lebouis
T.+ 33 (0)1 56 80 27 00