LAXMI & GARGIKathmandu, Nepal
Laxmi & Gargi is a work that focuses on the relationship between two sisters who are born blind, their togetherness & individualities, and perhaps the resonance with certain places & spaces.
In late 2016, when I was in Nepal, I was fascinated towards exploring blindness. I wanted to discover the answers for simple questions like “Do visuals come in dreams? or How does one recall a favourite place?”. In plain terms, I wanted to know more about blindness in terms of the personal & psychological conditions behind it. That is the time when I met the two beautiful sisters Laxmi & Gargi.
The first time when I entered their house, I felt like an alien trespassing into their world. The pink walls, the dark red carpet, the blue cover on the sofa, all I could notice were the colours at first.
I took some pictures of them inside the house, with a bunch of flowers that I got from a nearby shop, white & red. It took sometime for us to adjust, as it was new for them to be photographed in such ways. And it was new for me too, as I was reading things slowly. Further we went to the places, of which they had memories from the past. Places which they remembered through feelings, touch & happiness. The forest, because of its fresh air & quietness in contrast to the city life, and as it is not too distracting, Gargi mentioned. During the last visit to the forest with them, there was a new layer of frost, which we touched.
I intend to make pictures that would bring some light upon their inside life, where our collaboration would speak about blindness in a non-traditional way, through becoming personal & more real.
**Laxmi & Gargi both work closely with different NGOs and organisations based in & outside Nepal, to provide education & awareness about disabilities and women empowerment.**