A WOMAN WITH TWO NAMES by Vittoria Mentasti

Delhi Photo Festival 2015

Delhi Photo Festival

Delhi Photo Festival

"A Woman With Two Names" explores Native Inuits' modern way of life and social challenges in Nunavut, a large region in the Canadian Arctic. At the beginning of the 20th century the Inuit in Nunavut were still nomads, hunting and fishing, living off their land. The Canadian government and the Church began a process of forced assimilation, through permanent settlements and Residential schools. This deprived the Inuit of their social and spiritual customs. The transition away from their nomadic roots to modernized living has led to alcoholism, domestic violence and unemployment. The tension between old values and Western Civilization makes it difficult for the Inuit, especially the youth, to assert their own identity and find a place in the world.The legacy of abuse still haunts those living today in a cycle of violence, which is self destructive and directed towards loved ones. The many social ills that afflict the population act like a chain, linking generations as they branch out through families and communities. I followed the chain of relationships that bond them, trying to bring light to the love and violence that they experience.

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  • Title: A WOMAN WITH TWO NAMES by Vittoria Mentasti
  • Creator: Delhi Photo Festival 2015
  • Photographer's site: www.vittoriamentasti.com
  • Photographer: Vittoria Mentasti
  • About the Photographer: Vittoria Mentasti was born in Turin, Italy in 1986. After earning a BFA in New Media Studies, she studied photojournalism and documentary photography at the International Center of Photography in New York City. Beginning in 2012, motivated by an interest in native populations, she began to document life in Inuit communities in the North of Canada. Her work has been published on the New Yorker, Courier International, CNN among others.
  • #DPF2015: The image featured here is from the above-mentioned work that will be shown at the Delhi Photo Festival 2015 from October 30 to November 8, 2015 at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), CV Mess, Janpath, New Delhi.


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