Photos & Text: Bruna Rotunno

This series of photographs, taken by Italian photographer Bruna Rotunno, and curated by Sabiana Paoli in collaboration with Dr Alka Pande, attempts to draw a contrast between the roles of women in India and in Bali — two nations permeated by similar religious traditions. The exhibition explores Balinese mythology, based on the worship of water — the Great Mother, symbol of creation and purification which slowly reveals the feminine side of the island to the visitor. All that is sacred — rites, creativity, art, music and dance  — is portrayed through the varying gestures of Balinese women, as emanations of the spiritual power animating the energy of the island.

In some of the images, the reverent place that water is awarded in Bali Hinduism is obvious. There are images imbued with a feeling of near sacredness, the woman bowing her head in deep respect under a cascade of silver, the subject holding out her hand, as crystal clear water gushes over it. The exhibition presents a kaleidoscope of images, immersed in their the natural environment of everyday Balinese life.

The exhibition, Women in Bali, will run till 5 May at Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

 

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