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The Photo Series Calls Out The Patriarchy By Likening The Oppression Of Women To Ancient Witch Hunts

"It's a new age 'witch hunt' where women are being called names, lynched and threatened for not adhering to society’s idea of what a woman is and how she should behave."

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Earlier this month, Saint Petersburg-born and India-based conceptual photographer Victoria Krundysheva uploaded a photo series depicting Indian women as powerful witches.

Victoria Krundysheva

Krundysheva told BuzzFeed that she did the project as a means of calling out the double standards which strong, outspoken, assertive women face today.

Victoria Krundysheva

"It's a new age 'witch hunt' where they are being called names, lynched and threatened for not adhering to society’s idea of what a woman is and how she should behave," she added.

Victoria Krundysheva

Krundysheva uploaded the images to her Facebook page, including tell-tale signs of how to spot a witch. Signs like: "A witch is often looking confident and not afraid of her sexuality."

Victoria Krundysheva

And: "You need to know – they don’t drown, so be on lookout for women who even after you threw them in the water and pushed them under are still emerging, stronger than before."

Victoria Krundysheva

"Each of the pictures depicts a metaphor of how witches were treated and presents strong female characters," Krundysheva told BuzzFeed.

Victoria Krundysheva

"The book in some photos was aimed at depicting the most famous 'tool' of so-called 'witches'. One of the main reasons women in medieval times were oppressed was education."

Victoria Krundysheva

"It is also a metaphor for opinionated, educated and outspoken modern woman."

Victoria Krundysheva

Krundysheva said she came up the idea after she kept seeing how assertive and unapologetic women around her were treated.

"The metaphorical expression came naturally to me as I kept seeing women's success being demeaned, their opinion devalued, and them being called names, much like how in medieval times progressive women were labelled as witches," she told BuzzFeed.
Victoria Krundysheva

"The metaphorical expression came naturally to me as I kept seeing women's success being demeaned, their opinion devalued, and them being called names, much like how in medieval times progressive women were labelled as witches," she told BuzzFeed.

You can check out Victoria Krundysheva's entire project here:

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Andre Borges is a social news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Mumbai.

Contact Andre Borges at andre.borges@buzzfeed.com.

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