Single Woman Drives 12,400 kms crossing through 18 states, spreading the message of Universal brotherhood.

In June, Saadiya Kochar embarked upon a journey for Universal Brotherhood. She recently reached Delhi after having driven for 54 days through the country crossing through 18 states and spreading the message of universal brotherhood. All along taking photographs of people with a map of India, depicting all the religious identities.

New Delhi, Delhi, August 12, 2017 /India PRwire/ -- A 38 year old, New Delhi based fine art photographer ,Saadiya Kochar spent 54 days on a solo trip through the country engaging with people from various cultural backgrounds. In the Northern side she covered all the states, even driving to the troubled state of Jammu and Kashmir. In Srinagar, where she has worked for many years, she engaged with the local population. A few of them wrote messages and stuck them on her XUV500 as did people from the rest of India.

''The drive, the engagement with the viewer, the act of creating the photograph and then getting people to write messages and sticking it on the car made this journey feel like a performative art piece. We have made so many boundaries based on religion, gender and nation. The idea was to not only spread the the message of Universal Brotherhood but to also break the stereotypes and the societal boundaries that surround my femininity like girls can't drive or travel on their own.' says the photographer who has always had a rebellious streak. Its but natural she chose to not go straight from Kashmir to Kanyakumari but went through the coastal route, covering the Northern, Western,Southern and Eastern corridors of the country.

At 24, Saadiya published a book on nudes and then spent a decade working in Kashmir, where she made a documentary on the Public Safety Act and the Exodus of The Kashmiri Pandits. She hopes to travel through the entire country before she takes the work into a formal space.'At the moment its street art for me, it will remain in the public domain for a while before it goes into a gallery,'says the solo traveller.

Notes to Editor

Saadiya Kochar is a fine at photographer and solo traveller. She started her career at the age of 24 with a self published book and then went on to have four solo shows. She has been a part of a majority of group exhibitions in India as well as abroad.



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