“Amanyi” (translates directly to “power” from Luganda) by Ree, from Submerged 2021.

Madhubani Dutta

Digital Photographer and Visual Artist

Madhubani Dutta is an emerging digital photography and visual arts creative based in Wyndham. She has been teaching arts for 7 years now and has been experimenting with various provocations around mental health and art activism. She is actively involved in various projects with the Wyndham City Council and various Wyndham-based community centres. Madhubani has also been volunteering as a graphic designer, e-magazine editor and workshop facilitator with different community groups and non-profit organisations

Madhubani Dutta. Photo by Colourmash Photography.


We are the Lifeless by Madhubani Dutta

Madhubani Dutta

This project is aimed to bring back the focus on simple pleasures and findings in life that can restore mindfulness and harmony. During the pandemic, we were stuck in the house for months with no hope of what the future awaited and the only thought most of us had was freedom. The home provided us with the shelter we needed, the shelter of comfort and protection however the desperation to go out in the world was so extreme. We struggled to meet our loved ones, go on a picnic, enjoy a toastie at a local cafe or go shopping. The news said it could take weeks for the lockdown to be lifted as COVID cases were multiplying rapidly. And so were mental health, depression and anxiety issues. People felt stranded and locked in their safest havens. I realised that the repercussion of the pandemic made people unsee the many things in and around our house that constantly thrives in making our lives happy and comfortable. Every corner of our homes has a story to tell, every piece of decoration we have installed has a process of planning behind it, every random object narrates a memory and every part of that favourite pillow moulds towards ensuring a good night's sleep. And yet we complained and complained that it was getting impossible to stay home. This photography project captures the untold stories of the many objects that our home contains and inspires the audience to take a moment and cherish the voices of the lifeless world and their relationships with its residents. We often forget to value what we have and understand what matters; we tend to focus on what we don't have and forget to embrace the existence of big-little items around the house that make us feel at home. What would our rooms look like without these items? What if you wake up and find those objects vanished from the shelf? What if they just walk away from your life because you didn’t care enough?