Robin Hammond

Nisha, Malaysia, 2015

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Giclée print
27.5 x 22.0 in (69.8 x 55.9 cm)
1 of 12
Signed on verso


This work ships from Warrington , GB.


"A day in prison felt like a year to me but no matter how hard they tried I was still being who I am. I left prison even without my crowning glory, which is my hair, as a survivor. I left as a Trans Woman.” Nisha was imprisoned in Malaysia for ‘cross-dressing.’ She was held in the male section of the prison. On her first day she was raped by six prisoners. To protect herself from violence, safe exchanged sex for protection with one of the guards. “One of the worst things about being in prison is that you don’t feel like you own your body anymore, it’s like people have the right to do anything to you.”

Nisha was photographed by Robin Hammond for Where Love is Illegal, a global campaign sharing the stories of LGBTQI+ people who face discrimination because of who they love or how they identify. Every participant in the project is given the opportunity to collaborate in the making of their photograph so they can present themselves how they want to be seen.

About Robin Hammond

Esteemed photographer Robin Hammond (New Zelander, b. 1975) has dedicated his artist practice to documenting global human rights issues and marginalized groups through long-term photographic projects. His photographs have been featured on the covers of Time Magazine and National Geographic, and he has won numerous awards including the World Press Photo prize, six Picture of the Year International Awards, and the W. Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography. He was also named one of ‘100 Leading Global Thinkers’ by Foreign Policy and addressed the United Nations on LGBTQI+ discrimination in 2018. Hammond further encourages social engagement through his company Witness Change, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending human rights violations through visual storytelling.