Picture This!

Painting the Women’s Movement

Radhaben Garwa

Picture This!
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Radhaben Garwa

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Text in collaboration with Sushma Iyengar
200 pages | 200 color plates | 11 x 8 1/2
Cloth $50.00 ISBN: 9789381017685 Published November 2014 World sales rights except India
From her home in a small village in the Kutch district of Gujarat, Dalit artist Radhaben Garwa has documented the rural women’s movement in Western India and beyond through her drawings. Her images—more than two hundred of them gathered here—tell stories of the women from her village and from the Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan, the NGO she works with, in their campaigns for women’s rights, economic empowerment, and resistance to globalizing corporations.
In one sequence of pictures, Garwa receives a phone call inviting her to a meeting abroad; she draws the entire journey from village to airport, from the international destination to her first ride in an elevator. In another, she depicts the Chipko movement of the 1970s against deforestation; in a third, she shows the fragmentation of fields and farming activity as a result of globalization.
With an afterword by leading feminist journalist Kalpana Sharma, this full-color compendium of an artist’s work attests to the beauty in female solidarity.
“The women in Picture This! are sketched in brilliant splashes of color, bringing back the familiar image of the Gujarat and the nearby Rajasthan countryside: the desert’s sandy browns and greys are lit up by the exuberant yellows, greens, reds and pinks of the long-skirted women. But what I love most is the expressions on their faces. Garva draws each one from memory, and they radiate mischief, intelligence, friendship, determination, skepticism, individuality.”
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