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Blue Earth Alliance, in partnership with PhotoWings, presents the 5th annual Collaborations for Cause visual storytelling event. Space is limited. Take advantage of Early Bird pricing and reserve your tickets today! 

Hosted in the beautiful Pacific Northwest by Blue Earth Alliance, we bring together socially conscious businesses, non-profits, educators, public agencies and content creators for two days of inspiration, exploration, and partnership building. Watch videos from the last three years of Collaborations for Cause thanks to the generous sponsorship of PhotoWings. Learn more about Blue Earth Alliance here

Thanks to the generosity of C4C sponsors, we are able to offer a limited number of scholarship tickets. Please fill out this form if you are interested. 

Schedule and speaker lineup may be subject to change due to circumstances out of Blue Earth’s control. Unfortunately, we are not able to issue refunds.

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Saturday, May 6 • 10:30am - 11:00am
Poulomi Basu: "Postmodernism in Photography and Transmedia Activism: Telling Socially Engaged Stories to Reach a Diverse Audience"

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Poulomi Basu's body of work, A Ritual of Exile, investigates the causes and the consequences of normalized violence against women in Nepal. Perpetrated under the guise of Hindu tradition, the root cause of this violence is the belief in the impurity of a women’s menstrual blood. Hidden, under-reported and unresolved, these women are untouchable and, as a result, this violence takes the form of ‘exiles,” a way to keep menstruation shrouded in mystery and taboo, a weapon to shame women into subservience. In a world that is ravaged by war, the media is often full of images of those affected by conflict but, for many, the conflict begins at home.

This multidisciplinary project, combining still photography and virtual reality films, is designed to reach multiple audiences across different platforms, including print, virtual and physical installations.

"I want to turn my audience into activists and crack open the veil of silence and shame around women whose lives are shattered by such gender based violence," Basu says.

A Ritual of Exile reveals how the chaupadi ritual disrupts the lives of girls, exposes them to recurring danger and imposes unjust restrictions on women throughout their lives.


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Poulomi Basu

Storyteller, Artist, & Activist
Poulomi Basu is a storyteller, artist and activist. Her name sounds like ‘follow me’ with a ‘P’. She was raised by her mother in Calcutta, India and found early inspiration in the city’s rich cinematic history. After her father’s sudden death when Poulomi was 17, her mother told her to leave home, to follow her dreams and live a life of breadth and choices that was denied to her. Since then, Poulomi prefers the path less trodden. She has slept in the wilderness under a cloudless sky staring at a million stars in search of a guerrilla army whose story strikes right at the very heart of modern... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 10:30am - 11:00am
Seattle Central Library Auditorium 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA