Showcasing works of women artists of Sikkim and Darjeeling “Through Her Lens” 

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Agnesha Tamang
Namchi, 09 Feb, 2020: A photographic exhibition titled, “Through Her Lens”, showcasing works solely by women artists from Sikkim and Darjeeling, was organised at Namchi, South Sikkim on Sunday. 
The event, which was done in collaboration with Zubaan  Publishers Pvt. Ltd., supported by Sasakawa Peace Foundation,  under the fragrance of Peace Project, also witnessed an interactive session during the day. The objective of the session was an attempt to address challenges faced by the artists, especially women, and to explore opportunities to support and facilitate networks for women interested in pursuing a career in photography. 
The session’s main speaker was Prashansa Gurung, a Mumbai- based storyteller, resolute photographer and a filmmaker, who hails from Darjeeling, West Bengal. Prashansa articulated details and knowledge on how photography could portray women’s life to a vast extent and also threw light on her life showcasing her journey in this field.
“According to me photography is a democratic and a newest form of art. Photography as a profession is very personal. You’re sharing a piece of you with the world”, she told.
She also untangled the variation between practice and profession on different grounds. 
“With practice, I’m creating work for my own creative satisfaction without worrying about external judgments. With profession you’re making a work for someone else and to sustain yourself. “ she informed. 
Prashansa took an opportunity to inspire women artists to overcome the fear of public spaces and learn to speak out. She highlighted the important principles i.e.  being determined, having faith, being unapologetically you and that knowing failure doesn’t determine your capability. 
The session was attended by members of Zubaan, mentors, participants and art lovers.


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