Women in Photography 2017: Amrita Chandradas
Women in Photography 2017: Asian Women Photographers’ Showcase Slideshow Projection
All Is Not Lost | Amrita Chandradas
Would it be her features? The way she talks, behaves or moves? Or would it be how her strands of her hair sway in the wind that would attribute to her femininity? Hair, we find it everywhere. It permeates our consciousness from the books we read, the media we engage in and the list goes on. What if that hair is robbed away from you with no warning? The closest female friend confides to me on how her world slowly turned blue. Every strand of her hair fell with no warning in her youthful twenties and she felt her femininity slowly stripped away. Dodging questions and still remaining in her shadows till today, I decided to photograph another woman who is going through the same condition to help my friend not to feel alone with her predicament.
In this process I found a beautiful girl named Chan See Ting in mid 2016, not long after she bravely announced about her rare hair loss condition called “ Alopecia”; hers in particular is “Alopecia Areata”. This resulted in her losing most of her hair, which she described was once one of her best features. Determined to photograph her and her inner feelings, See Ting and I collectively wanted this work to reach out in inspiring another and for the project to not incite pity. Though not a deadly condition, there is no cure as of now for alopecia and it either stems from genetics or where one’s immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles thus causing permanent hair loss on the scalp and sometimes on all parts of the body.
Here it is All is not lost the vibrant, young and vivacious Seets pictured through her world of dreams, hopes and nightmares – confronting head strong against society expectations and changing the colors of her world according to how she experiences this journey.
About Amrita Chandradas
Amrita Chandradas is a documentary photographer, currently based between Singapore & other regions of Southeast Asia. She practiced visual arts in her formative years and co-curated art exhibitions within Jamaica and Barbados. After secretly photographing for 8 years, Amrita decided to emerge out of the shadows and pursue her passion in photography seriously. She won the Top 30 under 30 Documentary photographers international showcase by the prestigious Magnum Photos in 2014.
In 2013, Amrita graduated with an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary photography from London College of Communications. Her work is featured on The New York Times, Financial Times, BBC World, Dagbladet information and others.
She has recently completed a hostile environment training and first aid course sponsored by the Frontline Freelance Register, IWMF, ACOS Alliance and RPS Register.
Amrita aspires to explore the conflux of changing environments and its inhabitants. She hopes to bring forth less discussed issues on displacement, struggles and other unspoken issues through on-ground personal insights.
Women in Film & Photography Showcase Programme
:: Women in Photography Exhibition: 13 Oct to 19 Nov
:: Guided photographer & curator tour: 13 Oct, Fri, 230pm to 330pm
:: Panel Discussion – Woman Photographer: 13 Oct, Fri, 730pm to 9pm
:: Artist talks: 14 Oct, Sat, 2pm to 430pm
:: Slideshow Projection featuring Asian Women Photographers’ Showcase: 15 Nov, Wed, 730pm to 830pm
:: Women in Film 2017 (19 to 28 Oct)