The Female Gaze – A Different Perspective

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We live in a society which often teaches women to avert their eyes – to literally “look away”. As a result, innumerable worldviews are lost and with them the opportunity to engage with women’s issues. The International Women Photographers Award is part of the initiatives taken to remedy the situation. The exhibition is organised by Antidote Art and Design in collaboration with the International Women Photographers Association (IWPA), MyArtSpy and Alliance Française Dubai. The works of the finalists and the laureate of the 2017 edition of the Awards will be on display in India at Alliance Française de Delhi from May 13 to June 11.

A photo by Farah Salem - the laureate of the 2017 edition of International Women Photographers Award

A photo by Farah Salem – the laureate of the 2017 edition of the International Women Photographers Award

The IWPA was established by four female photographers – Séverine Blanchet (France), Chris Tan (China), Nirmala Karupia (India) and Soraya Ismail (Malaysia).  Initially launched in 2001 in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), the organisation shifted base to France in 2011. It invites female photographers, irrespective of their nationality, to enter the annual photography competition. For the 2017 edition, the IWPA announced that 11 photographers had been shortlisted from a total of 785 applications from 84 countries. The works of the finalists will be showcased in Dubai, Paris, New Delhi, Port-Said, Alexandria, Toulouse, Cairo, Kuwait, Marseille and Islamabad/Lahore.

A photo by Sumy Sadurni of the Dinka people who have scarification on their faces as a tribal feature. Part of the IWPA Exhibition 2017

A photo by Sumy Sadurni of the Dinka people who have scarification on their faces as a tribal feature. Part of the IWPA Exhibition 2017

A prestigious panel of seven international experts from the field of photography carefully reviewed the applications and chose Farah Salem [Kuwaiti, lives in Chicago (USA)] as the laureate for the 2017 edition. She has been awarded a solo show at La Galerie, Alliance Française Dubai in 2018. The other finalists include Anna Alexandrescu [Romanian, lives in Bucharest (Romania)],  Anne Ackermann [German, lives in Kampala (Uganda)], Cécile Smetana Baudier [Danish/French, lives in Copenhagen (Denmark)], Marcela Barrios-Hernandez [Colombian, lives in Paris (France)], Haruhi Fuji [Japanese, lives in Tokyo (Japan)], Ranita Roy [Indian, lives in Kolkota (India)], Sumy Sadurni [Spanish, lives in Kampala (Uganda)], Soheila Sanamno [Iranian, lives in Tabriz (Iran)], Neus Solà [Spanish, lives in Barcelona (Spain)] and Florencia Trincheri [Argentinian, lives in Buenos Aires (Argentina)].

Ranita Roy

A photo by Ranita Roy – a finalist from India at the IWPA

 

Siddharth Bhatt

Rédaction, AF Magazine Inde-Népal

 

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