Priya’s Shakti is an innovative social impact multimedia project that helps illuminate attitudes towards gender-based violence (GBV). Priya’s Shakti was created in the aftermath of a highly-publicized gang rape on a bus in New Delhi in December 2012 that outraged India and the world. The project centers on the Goddess Parvati and Priya, a mortal woman devotee and survivor of rape and is rooted in ancient matriarchal traditions that have been displaced in modern representations of Hindu culture. It creates an alternative narrative and voice against GBV in popular culture through the Hindu mythological canon.
Central to the project is an augmented reality (AR) comic book & exhibition –- the first of its kind with international outreach and social engagement. In the AR comic book, certain panels will be animated to feature real-life stories and voices of Indian women who have survived sexual assault and faced the ensuing trauma and social stigma. These pieces will be short documentaries, but the women will be animated in order to protect their identities and can be activated through a free AR App. This project will help define the new frontier of integrating literary publications and exhibitions with AR technology. The comic book will initially be available in Hindi, English & Marathi but eventually will be translated into other languages.
To learn more about this augmented reality comic book check out the website here.