While the world moved on to shun racism, our 21st century Indian society is still stuck with the regressive belief that fair skin is somehow superior to every other skin colour. Although many would disagree, and claim that our country has moved past its fairness obsession, the existence of whitening cosmetics, and matrimonial ads with specific demands for light skin, speak otherwise.
As a social commentary on our society’s inane inclination towards fairness till date, , photographer extraordinaire, Arjun Kamath , created a photo series which represents the remnants of a racist social evil that still exists. Through its protagonist, Ranika, this photo story titled Colour of Our Skin created a photo series which represents the remnants of a racist social evil that still exists. Through its protagonist, Ranika, this photo story titled Colour of Our Skin visually narrates a girl’s internal conflict, and turmoil, and her client crusade against a world that judges her for her colour. Unfolding in 37 stunning photographs, the narrative speaks largely about how we are still judged for our outer appearance, but what really matters is who we are inside.
While Ranika goes through social scrutiny, as she comes of age in the story, her story’s resolution occurs when she finally meets a man facing the same judgement that she fell victim to. Experience Arjun Kamath’s visual storytelling through his extraordinary art here. Scroll away.