The title “Pativrata” – the Hindu term for the woman’s loyalty to her husband –roughly translates as ‘virtuous wife’. In Hindi culture the ideology of Pativrata is responsible for female subservience. The work aims to address this stereotyped gendered role and unpack its status as well as relevance in today’s context. The Hindi text reads “Have you achieved your highest form of selfhood?”
Originally from Durban, Surav Balram is a third year Fine Art student at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Title: “Pativrata”, 2020
Medium: Silkscreen print
Size: H:1200 W:850 D: