Witnessing in Solidarity. Recording the Legacy of Shaheen Bagh through Visual Art

A Photo Essay

  • Fritzi-Marie Titzmann (Author)

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This article delves into the transformative power of art and media in shaping narratives of solidarity and resistance within the context of the historic Shaheen Bagh protests that unfolded in New Delhi during the winter of 2019/20. These protests, sparked by the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), witnessed a unique convergence of Muslim women as protest leaders. The gendered perception of the Muslim minority in India was subsequently redefined. The movement also introduced innovative forms of feminist solidarity and non-violent protest strategies, including the use of digital tools for transnational outreach. The article spotlights the artistic endeavors of two young women artists who utilized their creative talents to bear witness to the events and craft testimonials for posterity. Prarthna Singh’s photo book, Har Shaam Shaheen Bagh (2022), and Ita Mehrotra’s graphic novel, Shaheen Bagh: A Graphic Recollection (2021), serve as case studies to investigate the processes of visually mediating the legacy of the Shaheen Bagh movement. Key aspects explored in this inquiry about witnessing and memory-making include the production and mediation of solidarity through art and media, the narratives conveyed by these visual works, prevalent visual tropes within works, the interplay of gender and resistance in their narratives, the new spaces opened up by these artistic interventions, and the positioning and framing of the artists themselves.


Shaheen Bagh, solidarity, resistance, visual art, gender
How to Cite
Titzmann, Fritzi-Marie. 2023. “Witnessing in Solidarity. Recording the Legacy of Shaheen Bagh through Visual Art: A Photo Essay”. Dastavezi | the Audio-Visual South Asia 5 (1). https://doi.org/10.11588/dasta.2023.1.22809.