One woman’s junk and garbage is another woman’s treasure: Meet Visual Artist, Patrizia Casagranda

Patrizia regularly works in the poor regions of North India. When ask about her experience visiting these regions she explains ‘I have the privilege of getting to know some very remarkable and special women there. Every morning we shared a cup of tea and many words. The tribal women were proud beautiful women who with great skills collected goods that was discarded as garbage.’

Junk and garbage to some – but the survival of the collectors and their families. A tiny gap, only, between life, survival and disaster. All life concentrated on the “Here and Now” situation.

Patrizia was taken in by these women’s skills to go on trusting “the Tomorrow” with an astonishing joy of being. The portraits of the women have titles such as, “Kiran, the Light”, “Sunder, the Beautiful” or “Laxmi, the Rich”.

The titles could be interpreted as dreams – to Patrizia they represent the tribal women’s attitudes to life. The women focus on the present, the positive aspects of life and solidarity.

How to create an image that embrace all conflicts?

‘I create a background using the garbage objects, the women have found. Then I touch up the background with elements such as graffiti, stencil art, painting and various typographic fragments. All to create the base of the unique portraits showing the women’s enormous vitality. I use this technique as an original way to link conceptual issues together with a realistic form of design. This surprising symbiosis affects me, makes me consider philosophical themes such as beauty, life and the question of global justice.’

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