One Saturday morning, Sarkar happened upon a group of ladies doing their laundry. She asked if she could photograph them, and they agreed. A few days later, she returned to give them prints. Thrilled, they invited her into their homes to take more photographs. And so it went for months while Sarkar became known as their Photowali Didi, "the sister with the photos."
This is an exploration not only of their strange and intimate relationship but about the resilience of communities; an investigation into the altered narratives that permeate lives; and perhaps most importantly, a project about belonging, about breaking barriers, and about challenging stereotypes and myths. It is a celebration as well as an elegy.
Buku Sarkar is a photographer and writer who has grown up between Calcutta and New York. She mostly writes fiction although her first screenplay is due to go into production in 2020. Her writing and her photographs have appeared in various magazines and journals including NYRB, N+1, Threepenny Review, Humble Arts Foundation and the NYT.
Expected Spring 2023
36 color photographs, 11 black & white photographs
10” x 11”