Developed: Transcending Physical Boundaries Through Photographs


On the occasion of World Photography Day, August 19, the Pathshala South Asian Media Institute held the opening ceremony for the “Expanded” exhibition at DrikPath Bhobon.

The week-long exhibition was curated by Samsul Alam Helal and Sarker Protick and features the work of eight emerging photographers from South Asia. The work featured in the exhibition was produced by the artists during a year-long mentorship program in conjunction with the VII Academy and the Pathshala South Asian Media Institute.

The inauguration ceremony was honored by the presence of Dr. Shahidul Alam, President of Pathshala; Kha Ma Harun Al Rashid, head of film and television department at Pathshala; the curators of the exhibition and the eight photographers from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

Sarker Protick, half of the curators, said: “We started this nine-month mentorship program in 2021, just before the second wave of COVID-19. It was an online program and we trained our students on Zoom . While we were limited by time, the works of our artists displayed an expansion, transcending the limits. Thus, ‘Expanded’ became the name of this project.”

Artists Hadi Uddin and Mehbuba Mahzabeen Hasan come from Bangladesh, Mayank Makhija, Riti Sengupta and Vamika Jain from India, Nad-E-Ali from Pakistan, Tavish Gunasena from Sri Lanka and Uma Bista from Nepal.

“We have an equal level of male and female representation in the exhibit,” Protick said, adding, “Our theme spans personal stories, community and family histories, and contemporary environmental issues facing India, the Sri Lanka and Bangladesh,” he said. added.

Participants worked with their mentors to diversify their craft, pushing personal boundaries, exploring intimate spaces and creating new approaches to their work. In a short interview, Mehbuba Mahzabeen Hasan said: “Staying at home was difficult during the pandemic. At that time, it happened that my mother wanted me to become ‘prettier’. She was doing the Keto diet and m forced me to participate with her. For months, I couldn’t eat properly, and it haunted me. So I decided to showcase all that trauma in my work. That was the inspiration behind this initiative for me. Mehbuba is an alumnus of Pathshala South Asian Media Institute. The title of his work is “The F Word”.

The exhibition is open to the public from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily, until August 27. Besides the exhibition, Pathshala also organizes its “Pathshala Photo Week”, which offers artist talks, gallery walks, educational seminars. and exchanges, meetings with peers, friends and industry professionals to commemorate World Photography Day.


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