Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Maedchenland - Athens Photo Festival


Maedchenland, by Karolin Kluppel, as part of Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Pireos, Athens.

Kluppel travelled to India to take these delightful photographs of girls. In the state of Meghalaya, the indigenous people of the Khasi constitute the majority of the population. The Khasi are a matrilineal society and the line of succession passes through the youngest daughter. If she marries, her husband is taken into her family's house and the children take their mother's name. This guarantees girls and women in Meghalaya a unique economic and social independence unlike the rest of India. To disrespect a woman in the Khasi culture means to harm the society. A family with just sons is considered unlucky, because only daughters can assure the continuity of a clan.
Between 2013 and 2015 Kluppel spent ten months in the Khasivillage of Mawlynnong in North East India, a village of just 95 dwellings. She photographed girls 'attempting to achieve a balance between documentation and composition'.

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