A four letter cipher
drawing meanings to itself
draws life out of me, slowly
drew me out of society.
A diseased life is not easy as it is, and when the disease is as stigmatised as HIV/AIDS, fear and frustration accompanies pain. It’s not just a battle between life and death; it is a battle of the possible ways of living under a shadow and finding courage to step into the light.
Over a period of 4-5 years since 2001, Srinivas Kuruganti began photographing patients and staff at Freedom Foundation HIV/AIDS clinics in Bangalore and Hyderabad, one of the few free private run facilities where HIV+ people can seek treatment. Through photographs, he has documented how the virus spreads across the inter-connected communities, including a series on high-risk groups such as truck drivers, eunuchs and male sex workers.