The Black Dot Project
The Black Dot Project began as a visual dialogue to mark the tragedy of “NIRBHAYA”, the 23-year old woman who was raped brutally in New Delhi on December 16, 2012. Black Dot represents the “black dot of shame” that became the symbol of protest and uproar against this incident in India. This project was created as an engagement platform to extend the awareness of sexual violence beyond the statistics and headline news. By rallying the arts, design and media community, we hoped to increase sensitivity of this critical issue in India.
The Black Dot Project was initiated by Rajasthan-based NGO, Sanjhi and Vertiver Creative Agency to train youth in social photography. Over a period of 1 year, The Black Dot Project hoped to cover 3 key platforms designed around the awareness of sexual violence in India - 1. Photographic Narrative / 2. Visual Storytelling Workshop / 3. Victim’s stories through typographic videos. The 5-day Photography and multimedia workshop focussed primarily on the issue of sexual violence in India and used multiple media to capture different voices in rural and urban settings to reflect on the issue.