When Aqui Thami,an alumnus of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) was working with the women in Dharavi,she realised that the neighbourhood was mostly documented from a mans perspective. To facilitate storytelling through women from the community,she,along with Dharavi Art Room an offshoot of Bombay Underground,an initiative that activates community projects and British photographer Joanna Wingate,conducted a series of photography workshops for the women of the community. Their collective efforts will be showcased through an exhibition,titled Ladies Only Stories For All from October 19 to October 26 at Art Loft in Bandra.
Through the five-week workshop,we taught the women who volunteered,basic camera skills and went on to help them with reflectors,camera angles and handling a tripod. We also took them on outdoor shoots where they experimented with space and subjects, Thami says. The workshop explored portraiture and street photography. There are about 30 works up for sale along with photographs that document the workshop. Himanshu S,founder of Bombay Underground,says this is their first activity initiated with women from Dharavi.