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This image is part of my photo series 'The Kite Goddess'. It's a playful juxtaposition of one of my most vivid childhood memories, ideas of Indian mythology I grew up with, and the gender equality crisis that has plagued the social structure the world over, for centuries. Text below :- "One of the most enduring memories from when I came home from boarding school for summer holidays is of boys flying kites in the fields, and sometimes on rooftops, trying to outdo each other. But the girls were always missing. One day after school, all the boys went out with their kites, but left behind Nuria, a dear friend who was a girl. I was in the field that day, and no matter how much they tried, the kites wouldn’t take flight. In the end, a gust of wind blew and tangled all of them irretrievably in a tree. They then invoked Patang Devi (the Kite Goddess) for her blessing, in a bid to free their beloved kites from the branches. They held sacred rituals and ceremonies; the irony of it all completely lost on them. I don’t quite remember what happened to the boys or to their kites after that. A few times, I did see Nuria in the fields, all by herself, trying to fly a red kite - the echos of her laughter still fresh in my ears. I also can’t help but marvel at the uncanny resemblance between the Kite Goddess and the young girl. Oh, I just wish they’d let girls fly kites." *Please note - This artwork comes in three sizes - Small, Medium and Large. The other two sizes are listed separately.
Print:Giclee on Photo Paper
Size:8 W x 10 H x 0.1 D in
Size with Frame:13.25 W x 15.25 H x 1.2 D in
Ready to Hang:Yes
Packaging:Ships in a Box
Delivery Time:Typically 5-7 business days for domestic shipments, 10-14 business days for international shipments.
Vikram Kushwah is an India born photography artist based in England. He spent his formative years in boarding school in the hills of northern India. Vikram moved to London in 2008 for a PG diploma in photography at the London College of Communication before completing an MA in Photography at the University for the Creative Arts, Rochester in 2010. He has since been practicing in the UK and India between fashion, art, and portrait photography. He was shortlisted by the National Portrait Gallery, London for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019. He was winner of Portrait of Humanity 2023, and Portrait of Britain 2018 and 2019 (awarded by the British Journal of Photography). His regular clients include Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Elle magazines.
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