TAPSA Gallery by Sharafat Ali
Who am I – Uncertain Identity
A photographic expression of an important aspect of the lives of Kashmiri people. Tens of thousands of people have died, thousands have been orphaned and about 8,000 people are missing. In this project, I have been documenting the painful aspect of the Kashmiri society that has been full of the culture of violence, suffering and uncertainty. A deep identity crisis, a sense of insecurity and a yearning to live a life of peace and dignity can be seen on the face of every Kashmiri even in the times of relative calm. I shot these photographs in different parts of Kashmir over a couple of years. During this time, Kashmir witnessed some of the deadliest anti-India protests in the history of 28 years of the conflict. More than 100 children and teenagers died in the year 2016 alone.