The Sixth Sense
The Sixth Sense
by Sutirtha Chatterjee | Kolkata, India
Sutirtha Chatterjee photographed in a school for people with blindness in Kolkata, portraying its students and visualizing their dreams. With The Sixth Sense Sutirtha hopes to raise question about the status of those with visual impairment in contemporary India as well as “the role of the visual realm” – about how we distinguish between what is real and what is not.
Read our interview with Sutirtha here.
India is home to the world’s largest number of people who are blind, with roughly 30.000 new cases every year. “In a class-divided society like ours, people with disabilities are ostracized and marginalized.”, says Sutirtha Chatterjee, who himself was diagnosed with colorblindness at a young age. “Especially in rural areas, people generally look down on the blind, denying them everyday necessities and treating them as outcasts, without regard for their intrinsic value as human beings or their individuality.”
Originally arriving at the topic through commissioned work on a school for people with blindness in Kolkata, the complexity of the issue soon sparked Sutirtha’s interest and led him to revisiting the school and portraying its students. Realizing that he also wanted to gain a deeper understanding of their blindness and perception of reality, he asked some of the students to collaborate with him in order to visually recreate some of their dreams. With The Sixth Sense, Sutirtha hopes to raise question about the role of those with visual impairment in contemporary India as well as “the role of the visual realm” and about how we distinguish between what is real and what is not.
FIRST EDITION (2017)
14,8 x 20cm
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