About the series: In the eastern part of the state of Meghalaya in India, the Khasi indigenous people, with 1.1 million members, form the majority of the population. The Khasis are a matrilineal society. Here, traditionally, it is the girls who are of particular importance and are at the forefront of the family. The line of succession passes through the youngest daughter. If she marries, her husband is taken into her family‘s house, and the children take their mother‘s name.
A family with just sons is considered unlucky, because only daughters can assure the continuity of a clan. The succession after maternal line guarantees girls and women in Meghalaya a unique economic and social independence compared to the rest of India. To disrespect a woman in the Khasi culture means to harm the society.
Between 2013 and 2014 Karolin Klüppel spent nine months in Mawlynnong in northeast India, a village of just 95 dwellings. In her series, she concentrates on the girls themselves. She contextualizes them in their everyday physical environment through a sensitive balance between documentation and composition.
About the Photographer: Karolin Klüppel studied at the School of Art and Design and at the Faculdade de Belas Artes in Lisbon. She holds an MFA in photography. She regularly exhibits in galleries, museums and festivals, including the Voies Off festival in Arles in 2012 and Festival Circulation(s) in Paris in 2015.
Her project Mädchenland has won several awards like the Canon Profifoto Award 2014 and the Bourse du Talent #62 Portrait Award and has been published in international magazines such as The New York Times, The Independent, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, etc.
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