shahzia sikander’s photos of buddhist novices in laos

she first saw these young boys in long lines of hundreds of monks, walking through villages, collecting gifts of food.   in that context, with their robes and shaved heads, they were homogenous.   her urge was to pay homage to the individuality of each.  and protect them from camera wielding tourists.  complex portraits explore the idea of the space between two points.   and imply the possibility of transformation.

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