Aishwarya Arumbakkam is a photographer and filmmaker based between Mumbai and Austin. Her engagement with Visual Arts started with Design and Filmmaking, which she studied at National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad; followed by a short stint at École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs, Paris. With time she began to include photography in her practice. She went onto study the same at Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, Dhaka. She’s currently working on ongoing projects based in India and Bangladesh. Her primary areas of interest include nature, mythology, cultural narratives, fiction, portraiture and bookmaking.
Ahp is a fictional exploration of a female character popular in Cambodian folklore and public imagination. She has a presence in their mythological and psychological space. While researching, (almost) all material Aishwarya found, treated Ahp as the forbidden, feared and as the excluded ‘other’. However, Aishwarya felt a kinship with this misunderstood female ghost and thus decided to retell the story from the point-of-view of the Ahp, a point-of-view she felt closer to. This work was created during the 12th Angkor Photography Festival & Workshops, Cambodia.