Prarthna Singh, India
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"An overarching theme in my journey as a visual artist has been my attempt to uncover newer expressions of feminine strength, for this series I turned to an unusual form: wrestling.
Experiencing life as a woman in India comes with its share of social pressures and vulnerabilities that are imposed, assimilated, and lived with varying degrees of severity.
In wrestling, much like any other sport, you start early. Girls from an early age spend up to eight to eleven months of the year away from their families preparing for their next competition at their designated sports camps.
Their harder fight lies outside the sport altogether, in inhabiting the social in a way that challenges fixed ideas of gender and where the arena of dispute may emerge anywhere – at home in a stray comment from a relative on being more feminine, on the street with passing remarks and humiliations.
Each of their stories speaks of overcoming innumerable hardships, fighting family pressure and most importantly living gender differently.
For me the wrestlers are symbolic, they express contemporary subjectivity where aspiration and strength are immeasurably blended with vulnerability, and a desire for belonging
What is the one thing you want most in the world?” I asked; "Desh ke liye Medal jitna hai" (I have to win a medal for my country)." - Prarthna Singh