To conquer her land
The India-Pakistan border is its own little world. This year, Indian women soldiers were deployed there for the first time. I spent time with these young women at their camp, home and at the zero line where they were realising their transformation from women to soldiers. The harshness of living on the vast, desolate border has created an unknown concept of life. It is a home so close to nature making it almost impossible to recreate or restore what they’ve left behind. It is a silence so white that it can create peace in the land on the brink of war.
Poulomi Basu grew up in India in Calcutta and Mumbai. Her photography falls between fine art and documentary, seeing beyond what is ‘outside’. She engages emotionally with her subjects to produce something that goes beyond the realm of observation, to what is ‘inside’ us, and explores how lives change and revolve around both how we see others and how we are.