I was commissioned by the Consulate General of Sweden, Mumbai in 2016 to interview and make photographs of differently-abled individuals in India. The resulting images and stories became part of ‘AccessAbility’, a photography exhibition featuring the everyday life stories of these individuals from both India and Sweden, which was exhibited at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad in August and then at Welingkar Institute of Management, Mumbai in September. A parallel exhibition, ‘Design for Dignity’, highlighted innovative products designed in Sweden that help differently-abled individuals lead a more dignified life.
To live with dignity, regardless of disability, is a human right according to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The personal stories of this exhibition can hopefully initiate conversations and strengthen international cooperation on accessability and disability.
The exhibition AccessAbility is based on the personal stories of people living in Sweden and India. It tells us about their dreams, hopes, sorrows, joys, jobs, families and loved ones.
Photos of people in India by Sunil Thakkar
Texts about people in India by Gayatri Sarang
Photos of people in Sweden by Markus Marcetic
Texts about people in Sweden by Rikard Lagerberg
Curator and Producer (AccessAbility): Sofia Marcetic
Curator and Producer (Design for Dignity): Margarita Matiz Bergfeldt
Project Manager Sylvia Augustinsson, Swedish Institute