“The year of the student protests took place without me.”In his autobiography, the German photojournalist and collector Robert Lebeck (1929 – 2014) described how he experienced the year 1968: “When the barricades were burning in Paris, I was working in Florida on a series about two murdered students; when students began protesting in front of the Springer Building, I was photographing the christening of Hildegard Knef’s baby; and when Russian troops marched into Prague, I was accompanying the pope’s visit to Bogotá.”
How do Indian women artists use their voice today? How do they deal with their social responsibility and the legacy of their feminist predecessors? What language do they find for the unexpressed? The Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg is presenting the first exhibition in Germany featuring six women artists from India. Aside from a few exceptions like the state of Kerala in the south of the country, India is characterized by a patriarchal society. The assumption that women are of less value than men is deeply rooted in the Indian mentality. Although women are equal before the law and the Independence Movement put their equality on the agenda, women are still severely disadvantaged and—as frequently addressed by the international media—often victims of violence. The exhibition pursues the question about how their own country’s past, present and future are represented from a female perspective.