MADCHENLAND by Karolin Klüppel

Delhi Photo Festival 2015

Delhi Photo Festival

Delhi Photo Festival
New Delhi, India

In the state of Meghalaya in India, the Khasi indigenous people, with 1.1 million members, form the majority of the population of the eastern part of Meghalaya. The Khasi are a matrilineal society. Here, traditionally, it is the girls who are of particular importance and are 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 general Indian conditions. To disrespect a woman in the Khasi culture means to harm the society.
Between 2013 and 2014 Karolin Klüppel spent nine months in the Khasi village of Mawlynnong in northeast India, a village of just 95 dwellings. In her series, she concentrates on the girls themselves in contextualising them in their everyday physical environment through a sensitive balance between documentation and composition.


  • Title: MADCHENLAND by Karolin Klüppel
  • Creator: Delhi Photo Festival 2015
  • Photographer's site: www.karolinklueppel.de
  • Photographer: Karolin Klüppel
  • 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.
  • #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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