Sita belongs to Perna caste, and among the women and girls of this acutely marginalised community, entering the sex trade is a usual next step after marriage and childbirth. They travel in a group, sharing the rickshaw fare and the risk of assault. They conduct encounters in cars or hidden outdoor nooks. While one woman is with a client, a friend will make sure to stay within shouting distance. Unlike Sita and many others, she only entered the sex trade when she was widowed, and moved back to Dharampura locality in Najafgarh, her childhood home.
While one woman is with a client, a friend will make sure to stay within shouting distance.
Everything was black and white. The wife is the wife, the husband is the husband. Everyone has a designated role. The wife attends to home and family while the husband goes out to bring home the
Unlike Sita and many others, she only entered the sex trade when she was widowed, and moved back to Dharampura locality in Najafgarh, her childhood home. But it is less a ritual than a remedy for an inherited economic need.
She feels she has no path of escape. She is consumed for eight or 10 years, and then she is asked to put her daughter into prostitution.
But even in the absence of coercion, choice is a fraught concept in a community which is not only economically and socially marginalised, but historically excluded from the rights and freedoms of citizenship.
These are the DNTs, or Denotified and Nomadic Tribes of India, who are still more commonly recognised in mainstream society under their colonial-era classification: the Criminal Tribes. Historically itinerant traders, entertainers, and folk-craft practitioners, DNT communities are often compared with the Roma in Europe.
Welfare programmes have been offered to the most marginalised communities - those social groups classed as the Scheduled Castes SCs and Tribes STs. Not only has their past taught the community to be wary of the state, but their alienation from mainstream society has meant many of them are ignorant of their rights. For example, getting a caste certificate - the necessary proof of eligibility for benefits - is difficult when many community members hold barely any government identification of any kind.
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With NGO intervention, this number has swollen into the 30s - but, workers say, it has been a struggle. Most of the time, these people do not come.
An earlier DNT commission, responsible for the report, issued a slew of suggestions for government, centring on the recommendation to address the needs of DNTs separately from other disadvantaged social groups. Mainstreaming will be a trickier proposition for DNT communities that have found their way into the sex trade.
Back in Najafgarh I speak to a young woman from the Sapera caste, a DNT community traditionally involved in snake-charming and wedding-drumming, who describes the stigma that follows her Perna neighbours. She has nothing bad to say about them, she explains.
How will they survive without it? One says that performing is her path to financial independence; another that the carnival has given her a home when she had nowhere else to go. One is the publication that gives the show its title, The Unretouched Woman published the same year,in which Eve Arnold, a pioneering photojournalist, compiled portraits she had taken of women around the world over the previous quarter-century.
And in their different ways, all three paint a portrait of a tumultuous and convulsive era. Second-wave feminists were campaigning for issues such as abortion rights, workplace equality and an end to sexual harassment; female photographers were challenging the male gaze and questions about how women should be represented.
When Meiselas and I speak, I ask her for her memories of the mids, and how Carnival Strippers fitted into the debates of the time.
She recalls that opting to turn her lens on women who stripped felt like a controversial act: some of her fellow feminists were appalled that she was attempting to document and understand this world rather than condemn it outright.
But I wanted the book to be part of a dialogue. When one of the women I photographed, Lena, says she found performing a revolutionary experience, that for the first time she'd got men eating out of her hand, who could deny her that feeling? The pictures in Carnival Strippers are disarmingly intimate.
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We do see the dancers in their carefully crafted public roles, gyrating on makeshift stages in tasseled bikinis or posing for mobs of gawping, baying men. But we also glimpse the strippers in private moments: lounging in dressing rooms playing cards; horsing around; swigging beer; collapsed on motel beds. For women who spend their lives on show, these times, captured by Meiselas in grainy, low-light photographs drenched in shadow and atmosphere, must have been particularly precious.
In contrast to the bodies they put on display for paying customers, artfully costumed and made up, their real bodies - scarred, sweaty, dirty, sometimes bruised - are finally visible. It is a different and altogether more revealing kind of nakedness.
Complexity is everywhere you look. A shot of Lena undercuts - or at least complicates - her words about revolution by depicting her after the show, naked and plainly exhausted, pressing a towel to her face in what looks like desperation.
Yet elsewhere you sense something more defiant: a sense that these women are attempting to control how we look at them Meiselas made sure to share her contact sheets with her subjects, often asking them to choose which pictures they liked.
For all the tattiness of the fairs, what comes through is the sense of a close backstage community - solidarity, perhaps sisterhood. Meiselas says, as a women watching these women, she felt it too. Despite the astonishing range of her work - South African townships in the apartheid era alongside confessional portraits of Marilyn Monroe, whom she shadowed for nearly a decade - she always had an eye for female subjects.
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In the early s, she shot a pioneering photo essay on birth, and in made a film, Women Behind the Veil, which stepped inside the closeted world of Arab hammams and harems. Even so, she waited until her 60s to produce The Unretouched Woman. Next to an image of pregnant Zulu women in a labour ward in South Africa there is a melancholy portrait of an elderly woman in a care home in the Cotswolds in England.
Cornered by the hulking black giant, his lovely wife clutched the front of her robe to hide her lovely body. Frank saw the look on his of fear and shock on wife's face and her mouth drop open as she starred at the intruding black giant. The black intruder, already without a shirt, unbuttoned his trousers and unzipped the cage to the hidden monster Unsparing but sympathetic, both humane and abjectly sad, it showed a world many at the time preferred to ignore: one in which women danced nude for handfuls of dollars, in tawdry, spit-and-sawdust Casey Brengle, 26, was hired via popular pet sitter app Wag! to mind two dogs in a California home. But soon into Brengle's four-day stay, dog owner Rosie Brown received an alert from her home Estimated Reading Time: 3 mins
Perhaps the most moving images in the Arles exhibition are those shot by Abigail Heyman. Combining unstaged, stripped-back photographs with handwritten comments, it echoes another canonical feminist text of the era, the bestselling study of female health and sexuality, Our Bodies, Ourselves.
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