The Red Carpet

The Red Carpet
Image from Peru, by Musuk Nolte

This photograph, taken on the steps of the Palace of Justice in Lima, Peru, depicts The Red Carpet: a series of citizen interventions in the public space that symbolize the ongoing struggle for Peruvian women’s sexual and reproductive rights.  The activists in the photograph advocate for women’s choice in reproductive matters, holding a sign that translates to “let her decide”. In the 1990s, hundreds of thousands of Peruvian women were sterilized in hospitals and medical clinics, many of whom were poor and/or indigenous. The sterilizations frequently took place without the woman’s knowledge or against her will.

Musuk Nolte is a graduate of Centro de la Imagen in Lima, Perú. His work includes documentary and artistic photography and has been showcased around the world, including at MALI (Lima Art Museum), the SIPF (Singapore Photography Biennial), lll Daegu Photo Biennial in Korea, III Photoquai Biennial, Recontres d´Arles in France and the Angkor Photography Festival.