The Shaheen Bagh movement was born in the eponymous working-class neighbourhood, on a frigid Delhi winter night in 2019, when a small group of Muslim women came out of their homes and sat down in protest. They had occupied a stretch of road on one of the busiest highways in the capital. Mostly housewives, the women who had never been involved in a political movement before were protesting a ferocious police crackdown against the students of Jamia, one of India’s premier universities. On 23rd of March, 2020 when the pandemic sent India into lockdown, the state used this as an opportunity to destroy the protest site. All traces of it were erased and painted over. Find out more about the movement here.

Har Shaam Shaheen Bagh: One Hundred Days of Resistance, is an urgent and necessary record that collates photographs, drawings, maps, letters, songs and other material from the protest site. The book is testimony to the quiet resilience and tender songs of freedom of the women of Shaheen Bagh.

It has been nearly two years since every physical trace of the resistance at Shaheen Bagh has been ferociously erased. Today more than ever, each of those evenings of solidarity must be celebrated. Har Shaam Shaheen Bagh is a labour of love against the politics of hate.

British Journal of Photography
It’s Nice That

About Prarthna Singh

Prarthna Singh is a photographer whose work explores questions of identity and gender, especially as they intersect with the fraught politics of nationalism in contemporary India. Her images reflect on the economic and political trajectory of the country, drawing connections between feminine precariousness and vulnerability, on the one hand, and radical acts of courage on the other. Her practice negotiates how the two sides are inextricably linked. After completing her BFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design, Prarthna lived and worked in New York City. Currently she is based in Bombay.

Her work has been published in TIME, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, FT Weekend, Monocle, Bloomberg News and The Guardian.

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BY Prarthna Singh
DESIGN BY Bombay Duck Design
PRINTED BY Naveen Printers, New Delhi
DETAILS 24cm x 30.5cm, 152pp
Soft bound in undyed, hand-spun Kora cotton

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