Julia Cumes

With a storm brewing on the horizon, Ikiwa Abdulla heads out at lowtide to gather shellfish in Fumba, Zanzibar. Abdulla is a participant in a shellfish program that hopes to teach women in Zanzibar how to cultivate shellfish. While women already harvest shellfish, the program will help replenish the already overfished stocks of oysters and clams and promote economic opportunities for women in rural villages in Zanzibar.

In Conversation: Julia Cumes

US based photographer Julia Cumes whose multimedia project ‘India’s Devadasi System’ was recently published on Aksgar talks about the project in more detail and the power of multimedia in enhancing visual storytelling.

Devadasi

India’s Devadasi System

This multimedia project explores India’s Devadasi System-an ancient system of religiously sanctioned prostitution still practiced in India today.