The Right To Be Remembered
The Right to be Remembered is a photographic essay about legacy, as well as an investigation into contemporary living in a slum in Mumbai. Although there are many photographs of people from India, there are few where details of their identities, names and lives are known.
Urbanisation in India is a phenomenon just like it is in every western country. Many of the people I photographed have moved to the city because there was simply no work in the countryside where they grew up. In addition, the photographs, in combination with the captions, give an insight into how it is to live as a woman in Indian society.
Living in a few square meters is not reserved for people living in the centre of London, New York or Tokyo – it is also a reality of life for larger families living in the slums of Mumbai.
Daily life in the slum of Bainganwadi has many similarities to life in megacities. One is that there is simply no time for people to maintain relationships with the people around them; drug abuse, gangs and daily problems with electricity and garbage are just a few more.
These people all have a story worth telling and more importantly, a story to remember for the future. They use their past to explain to their children what they have to change to create a brighter future.
Special thanks to the NGO Lok Seva Sangam, they gave me access to the slums and they are also a big help to the people who are living there.