My Body Is Not Your Battleground
"My Body Is Not Your Battleground" is a two-part, UK and Pakistan based, photographic exploration of what it means to be a South Asian woman today, specifically in terms of identity, religion, education and femininity. The title stems from feeling like South Asian women are often spoken on behalf of, diluted and generalised, a political pawn. The women I photographed were bold, creative, progressive and therefore expressive of their own agency. There's a relentless misconception in the West that South Asian women cannot both represent traditionalism and religion as well as modernity and progress and are oppressed, which is certainly not the case and exhausting to see in the media. The body of work is an aggressive dismissal of stereotypes.
Nicole Brock • Giola Cassar • Salvador Dewald • Ollie Gapper • Sandra Grabowska • Ramona Guntert • Ingrid Gustafsson • Sanaa Hamid • Bradley Helbert • Ben Hollingbery • Laura Kale • Josie McCann • Chel Negus • Amy Overbury • Christine Sanderson • Harry Scott • Nikita Shergill • Rosie Squires • Ian Wisbey •