At first glance the work of a volunteer overseas doctor and that of a photographer might seem to have little in common, but Sarika Gupta believes both have an important role to play in her ambition to improve reproductive health access among women in some of the remotest parts of the world.
“The whole thing about volunteer medical work is that there’s a big component of awareness building and education. That includes educating us as foreign medics about the cultures and customs of the communities we get involved with, but it also involves educating those communities about healthcare. Using art as a medium for some of those exchanges has been quite effective. It has helped overcome a lot of the communication barriers between people from different backgrounds and languages. I just feel that visual imagery is quite universal in that way.”
Interview by Zoe Paulsen
WORDS BY ANDREA O’DRISCOLL
PHOTOS by Sarika Gupta