Exteriors and Interiors: The Women
A collaboration between Mae Yway & Nandita Jaishankar*
The photographs speak through silences. Each picture, framed in monochrome tells the story of a different woman.
They are everywhere –
Women pasted steadfast to the wall,
people’s favourite posters, billboards and ads; Silhouettes of women,
Painted women smiling over rattan partitions
Who is she?
The woman who rides the train utterly depleted? Is she like Tin May from Nwan Hlya Ein A Pyan**? And who is she, this young mother working hard to feed her child?
Eyes cast down, hands that don’t stop toiling, Despite all, a woman of one against the crowd.
But when the day is done
everything falls away.
Possessor of mountains in symphony with plains, sinuous, graceful vales,
the woman is a landscape laid bare.
Light floods across her breast;
She is a country unto herself.
She waits, poised, for the perfect moment. For under these curves,
tectonic plates can be found.