In addition to borrowing from Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio’s Medusa (1598), Zahida’s Anger is an artist’s attempt to highlight the horror of sexual violence in Kashmir. It is the product of the artist’s feminist rage against the violence the state and society have committed on the bodies and psyche of women in Kashmir. Simply put, Zahida’s Anger aims to show that the crimes against women will be remembered through boiling anger and feminist rage throughout generations. The piece is part of the ongoing series, “Kashmir: Remembering Again”, through which a Kashmiri woman artist reimagines her homeland i.e. Kashmir, through the feminist lens. This art series not only breathes in the space of showing the reality of Kashmir, which is a militarized landscape but also aims to show hope in the form of the anger and love which lives in the hearts of the people, populating the valley.
Sabahat Ali Wani is a writer, researcher and artist from Kashmir. She likes her art to be non-conformist, avant-garde and experimental. Her artwork has appeared in Club Plum Literary Journal, About Place Journal (Black Earth Institute), Blue Marble Review and Long Con Magazine.
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