Sandra X Anu

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Sandra Chevrier and Anupama Kumari Rai - 2018

 

Acrylic on canvas.

30cm x 20cm

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The Story

Anupama Kumari Rai, Anu to her friends, was born in the north-eastern Indian state of Bihar on the border of Nepal. She is the youngest sister in a family of eight and was known throughout her town for her academic ability as a child. 

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One night a neighbor’s friend with a juvenile grudge decided to take his hatred a step further from his typical teasing. While her family slept, acid was thrown through the window and Anu bore the brunt of the attack. She assumed the house was set on fire as she was consumed with a deep burning feeling fixated on her face. On arrival at the hospital, she was told they were not capable of treating her wounds and referred her to a facility in Patna. Unfortunately, the specific doctor responsible was on leave so the nurses simply washed her wounds with water. Without proper medical attention, she was left with limited sight and restricted movement in her arms. This was the first night of a battle that has span nearly two decades with several agonizing surgeries and countless attempts at seeking justice. But, to this day, the man responsible is yet to spend a night in jail as the judges believed she had only “simple injuries” despite being close to death. 

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When Make Love Not Scars (MLNS) met Anu, she had lived 18 solitary years shielding herself from the wider world before they supported her to take the next step. She has become willing to walk in public and undertake simple yet sensitive tasks like visiting the doctors on her own. To get to this point, she has exhibited an unmeasurable amount of courage and determination that is comparable to a moment of heroism from a Marvel movie. Enter the artwork of Sandra Chevrier. 

 

Conventional time-consuming teaching wouldn’t work with Anu as she expressed such enthusiasm that putting paint to canvas as soon as possible was the only option. How she approached the canvas, much like her conversations, was with constant attention and a contagious smile. The particular skillset needed for the task at hand had not yet been established but her movements were that of a young artist eager to experiment. As her portion of the painting came to completion, her satisfaction could be felt in the air as all eyes were admiring her attention to detail and the undeniable talent expressed during her first self-portraiture experience. 

 

“She is the only survivor I’ve seen who has never shed a tear.”

Tania Singh, Make Love Not Scars

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How it works

  • Bids can be placed using the 'Place bid' button and will only be accepted from (___Date___) to (___Date___) 6pm EST. 

  • For multiple bids from the same person, your highest bid will be considered your final offer.

  • The winner of the auction will be contacted via email with a link to donate their bid to Make Love Not Scars (MLNS). 

  • In order to ensure the most amount of funds will be donated to MLNS, Apartial will cover the cost of shipping.

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