Photographs by Bharat Patel
15 September to 31 December 2014
There are numerous nomadic communities in India who have played an important role in society for many generations. Tragically they are now some of the most marginalized people of India. Specialised trades that these nomadic communities were engaged in meant that settling in one place was virtually impossible. Without address or birth certificates they are invisible to the authorities.
This exhibition depicts their present lifestyle showing some of the problems and prejudices they face from society in general as well as the influence the Raj has had in branding some of these communities as criminals.
One NGO is trying to turn the tide for these nomads and their story forms part of the exhibition.
Bharat Patel is an Oxford based photographer who regularly spends time in India with NGOs working on social issues relating to women workers as well as nomadic communities. Bharat is a member of the Royal Photographic Society and has won many international awards. His predominantly black and white images are upfront and direct giving the viewer that special connection.