(L)ending Lines, and an interview with photographer Ottavia Castellina
A woman boards a women-only train in Delhi. What does she see? How does she feel? What does she think when she sees you? These are among the many poignant questions asked by Ottavia Castellina, a photographer from Turin based in London. (L)ending Lines initially began as a fixed installation as the result of her six-week journey on women-only trains in Delhi. It eventually grew into a wonderful film, combining footage and images, thoughts and words taken from her unique experience on the trains. The film and photos hold moments, glances, smiles and bodies, coming together to express a vibrancy underneath what is otherwise an oppressive status-quo under the Indian patriarchal society.
Celeste Ramos: Your film takes a look at the separation between women and men in India from an incredibly unique perspective. What was it that motivated you to start this project?