Portrait of Indian Woman with Colored Face Dancing During Holi

While Holi is widely known as the festival of colors, celebrants traditionally wear white garments. At the end of a long day of throwing colors, these clothes evolve into festive palettes of hues from the whole rainbow.

Miroslaw Oslizlo, Portrait of Indian Woman with Colored Face Dancing During Holi, 2019. Photography. ©Miroslaw Oslizlo. All rights reserved.

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Holi (Sanskrit: होली Holī) is a Hindu spring festival that is celebrated across the Indian subcontinent and by the greater South Asian diaspora across the world. Aside from being the festival of colors, Holi is a time to celebrate unbridled joy, love, and the triumph of good over evil. Through visual art, this installation highlights some of the spirit and traditions associated with Holi such as throwing colored powdered and spraying colored water through pichkari at friends and family and poojas (religious ceremonies).  

This collection is the result of generous donations from the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, the MGH Department of Dermatology, and the MGH Employee Resource Group Leaders Group.

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