NURSES

A PHOTO SERIES LOOKING AT THE UBIQUITOUS MALAYALI NURSE.


Bengaluru-based artist Anup Mathew Thomas’ series Nurses looks at the ubiquitous Malayali nurse, the largest group of professional female migrants from the state of Kerala.

A story of enterprise and empowerment, and including participants situated across the globe, Thomas won the Abraaj Group Art Prize 2014 for this ambitious endeavour which includes portraits of 48 women of Keralan origin, working across 17 countries. Shot against their current local landscape, so different to that of Kerala, and in their uniforms, the resulting series is a snapshot of contemporary migratory patterns, and of nursing across the world.

Jincy Varghese, Staff Nurse, Middle East Medical Center, Manama, Bahrain, Previously worked in Mumbai (India)

Jincy Varghese, Staff Nurse, Middle East Medical Center, Manama, Bahrain, Previously worked in Mumbai (India)

Lizy Onattu, Staff Nurse, Landesklinikum, Korneuburg, Austria, Previously worked in Vienna (Austria)

Lizy Onattu, Staff Nurse, Landesklinikum, Korneuburg, Austria, Previously worked in Vienna (Austria)

Shefeena Ibrahim, Out Patient Department Nurse, Aster Medical Centre, Dubai, UAE, Previously worked in Perintalmanna and Kolenchery (India)

Shefeena Ibrahim, Out Patient Department Nurse, Aster Medical Centre, Dubai, UAE, Previously worked in Perintalmanna and Kolenchery (India)

Julie Meledath, Intermediate Care Nurse, Pomerado Hospital, Poway, USA, Previously worked in Bengaluru (India), Salala (Oman), and Kuwait City (Kuwait)

Julie Meledath, Intermediate Care Nurse, Pomerado Hospital, Poway, USA, Previously worked in Bengaluru (India), Salala (Oman), and Kuwait City (Kuwait)

Lisy Jose, Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix, USA, Previously worked in Kottayam and Mumbai (India), and Muscat (Oman)

Lisy Jose, Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix, USA, Previously worked in Kottayam and Mumbai (India), and Muscat (Oman)

Molly Ponattu, Surgical Ward Nurse, Evangelisches Krankenhaus, Hagen-Haspe, Germany, Previously worked in Bocholt, Rhese, and Hagen (Germany)

Molly Ponattu, Surgical Ward Nurse, Evangelisches Krankenhaus, Hagen-Haspe, Germany, Previously worked in Bocholt, Rhese, and Hagen (Germany)

Jessy Paul, Intensive Care Nurse, ST. Rose Dominican Hospital, Las Vegas (USA) , Previously worked in Mumbai (India), and Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

Jessy Paul, Intensive Care Nurse, ST. Rose Dominican Hospital, Las Vegas (USA) , Previously worked in Mumbai (India), and Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

Reshmi Nair, Staff Nurse, Central Private Hospital, Sharjah, UAE,Previously worked in Changanassery, Thiruvalla, and Pathanamthilla (India)

Reshmi Nair, Staff Nurse, Central Private Hospital, Sharjah, UAE,Previously worked in Changanassery, Thiruvalla, and Pathanamthilla (India)

Ann Mary P Antony, Health Care Assistant, Althorp Private Hospital, Tauranga, New Zealand, Previously worked in Kochi (India)

Ann Mary P Antony, Health Care Assistant, Althorp Private Hospital, Tauranga, New Zealand, Previously worked in Kochi (India)

Babyamma Thomas, Staff Nurse Coordinator, Gleneagles Hospital, Kaula Lumpur, Malaysia, Previously worked in Delhi, Shillong and Kochi (India)

Babyamma Thomas, Staff Nurse Coordinator, Gleneagles Hospital, Kaula Lumpur, Malaysia, Previously worked in Delhi, Shillong and Kochi (India)

Sr.Joan S.I.C (Sisters of Imitation of Christ), Elderly care nurse, Haus Martinus, Stuttgart, Germany, Previously worked in Wayanad and Bangalore (India)

Sr.Joan S.I.C (Sisters of Imitation of Christ), Elderly care nurse, Haus Martinus, Stuttgart, Germany, Previously worked in Wayanad and Bangalore (India)

Chinchu Somanath, Nursing Aide, Sree Narayana Mission Home, Yishun, Singapore, Previously worked in Bengaluru (India)

Chinchu Somanath, Nursing Aide, Sree Narayana Mission Home, Yishun, Singapore, Previously worked in Bengaluru (India)

Photos: Anup Matthew Thomas


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