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Anger, art and India’s apartheid

By Marianne Brown  

Seven-year-old Kamlesh, one of the images featured in 'Being Untouchable' at HOST gallery.

In a small gallery off Old Street, a woman with a glass of wine and Vero Cuoio shoes stares at the photograph of another woman—thousands of miles away—shovelling shit from a public latrine used by 450 people. The caption says it’s a job this faraway figure merits because she is a Dalit, an untouchable, the lowest caste in Indian society.

A child severely burnt for walking on the wrong footpath, a widowed leprotic widow—the…

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